Joint Statement Regarding Arrests on School Property
The Virginia Beach Police Department (VBPD) and Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) take seriously their responsibilities to safeguard Virginia Beach schools, their students and staff, and the community. The recent social media post from VBPD regarding the seizure of nine illegally possessed firearms on Friday night, Sept. 17, during a high school football game has raised questions about the circumstances that led to the interaction.
VBPD received a report early last week that an individual had made threats about shooting someone who may be attending the football game hosted at Salem High School. Fourth Precinct Crime Suppression Squad (CSS) officers and 3rd Precinct detectives collaborated with the Office of Safe Schools to evaluate the credibility of this threat.
The resulting investigation determined that this was not a credible threat and that the possible individual who communicated this information resided outside the State of Virginia. While VPBD found no evidence to substantiate an impending act of violence, out of an abundance of caution, additional officers were assigned to patrol the parking lot of the game. During patrol, officers found firearms in plain view in three separate vehicles that were parked on school property, which led to the arrest of four individuals:
- Hasan Malik Washington, 18, of Virginia Beach was charged with possession of a firearm on school property.
- Dameron Shaikeem Wright, 18, of Newport News, was charged with 2 counts of possession of a firearm on school property and carrying a loaded firearm in a prohibited place.
- Shaguille Romeo Felton, 30, of Norfolk, was charged with two counts of possession of a firearm on school property and removing or altering a vehicle serial number.
- Julian Gregory Bryant, 29, of Virginia Beach, was charged with possession of a firearm on school property.
The VBPD and the VBCPS continually share information regarding potential incidents. None of these four individuals were identified in the original threat report; their arrests and the seizure of the firearms on school property were the sole result of additional officers being vigilant in their duties and not the result of known credible threats that affected Friday night's game.