According to the incident report filed by deputy Jimmy Mathis, he and deputy Chad Hales were dispatched to the school in reference to someone in the student pick up line with a gun.
“Dispatch had given the vehicle of the man with the gun as a black Oldsmobile,” Mathis reported. He said when he arrived at the school, several people were pointing at the car and he approached from the passenger side, observing a male in the driver seat.
“I opened the door and told the male to let me see his hands,” Mathis reported. “He sat still and looked straight out the window. I again told the male to let me see his hands. At this time, he put both hands on the dash and looked at me.
“I asked him if he had a gun in the car and he said yes. I then asked him where the gun was. He said it was in the back seat and began to reach in the back of his car with his right hand. I gave a very loud verbal command to keep both his hands up. At this time, I told the male to exit his car.
“I retrieved a Hi Point, 9mm Luger from the storage compartment on the backside of the front passenger seat. The gun was loaded with seven rounds in the magazine and one round in the chamber.”
The man was identified as Defore and Mathis asked him what had happened.
“(Defore) pointed at (another man) and said that (he) had cussed and threatened him, telling him to back his car up. I asked (Defore) if he pulled the gun out at any time during the altercation. (Defore) said that he was an old man and disabled, so once (the man) began cursing him, he did pull his gun and wave it around.
“He told me that if (he) came after him, he was only going to shoot him the leg.”
Mathis then spoke with the man Defore had had the altercation with who said that he asked Defore to back up his car so he could get out and the Defore became very irate and waved a gun in the air.
Another witness also saw Defore waving the gun.
The high school had been placed on lockdown and school officials were informed of the arrest of Defore.
Authorities charged Defore with having a weapon on school safety zone, disruption of public school, terroristic threats and acts and other charges.
He was transported to the Murray County jail.