Texas police say tip helped stop shooting at high school football game

North Texas police are relieved that a tip stopped a potential mass shooting at a football game at Everman High School in Tarrant County last weekend. Police ended up finding the suspect and taking them into custody as they were heading to the game, according to a Facebook post from officials. 

Brandon Gipson and Isaac Cooper were taken into custody on Friday, September 16, after police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle. Police found an AR pistol and a 60-round magazine in the vehicle. Police said it was clear that the suspects were “coming to do harm.”

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, September 20, the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office wrote how deputies received a credible tip about the threat. Officials relayed the information to TCSO off-duty deputies and Everman police. Officials made the high-risk stop and three people were inside the car that was detained. 

Gipson and Cooper, both 18, were arrested on the scene and are being charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon in a prohibited place, terroristic threat, and endangering a child. All of the charges are felonies. The third person in the car, a 14-year-old boy who hasn’t been identified, was released to his parents, according to NBC Dallas-Fort Worth.

Everman High School played against Joshua High for its homecoming game last Friday. A heavy law enforcement presence was already at the game, and more law enforcement was dispatched after the tip came in.

“Great work by TCSO and Everman Police in averting what could have been a dangerous and deadly incident,” TCSO stated in a post. 

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