COLUMBIA — A gun was found during a traffic stop near Hickman High School on Thursday, which led to three arrests, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.
An off-duty police officer pulled over a vehicle after the driver did not signal when turning into a McDonald's parking lot at 205 Business Loop E, according to a previous Missourian article.
Passenger Lamont Boone, 18, threw what was discovered to be a marijuana blunt underneath the car, according to the news release; the officer also found a loaded .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun in the car's center console. Boone, the driver and a second passenger were later taken into custody.
During the investigation, officers suspected that a grenade-type device was also inside the car, but found no device after searching, the release stated.
Boone and the second passenger, Raney Beckner, 17, were arrested on suspicion of the possession of marijuana, the release stated. The driver, 16, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and on suspicion of the unlawful use of a weapon.
The high school issued a warning to keep students away from the area during the investigation, but it was later lifted. No injuries occurred during the incident.