Officers stun Del Valle High student after he tried to grab firearm

File photo. Officer duty weapon, firearm, gun

DEL VALLE, Texas (KXAN) — A Del Valle High School student is accused of trying to grab a School Resource Officer’s firearm after the student refused to go to a behavioral program at the school, according to an arrest warrant.

School officials said they had to call for assistance from officers when 17-year-old Daniel Tilmon would not comply with the school rules and had been suspended. During his outburst, official say Tilmon walked around the school kicking trash cans, hitting lockers and even throwing 55-gallon trash cans at the walls, according to the court documents.

As the two School Resource Officers tried to calm the student down and get him into the behavioral program, he kept refusing and said he wanted to speak with the principal. After several minutes, the deputies realized they had to arrest him for criminal trespassing because he refused to leave the campus and there was potential of him harming the principal.

As the deputies were trying to place Tilmon into custody, the student and one of the deputy’s fell to the ground. While trying to restrain the student, the student threatened the deputies, “I will [expletive] kill all you [expletive].” The deputy on the ground felt Tilmon grab his duty weapon and tried to pull it out of the holster but he wasn’t able to because it was a Threat Level II holster, continued in the warrant. Worried that the student was going to get to the firearm, the second deputy who was trying to place the handcuffs on the student pulled out his Taser and shot the student, but he continued to resist so the deputy shot another round from the Taser.

The deputies were able to apprehend the student after he was shocked the second time. One of the deputies suffered a laceration to his lip. The whole incident was recorded on the deputy’s body camera.

The student is charged with resisting arrest, criminal trespassing, criminal mischief, assault on a public servant and attempting or taking a weapon from a peace officer.

 

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