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Police: Man brought gun to Reynolds HS after shooting to protect sister

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Joseff Powell, outside Reynolds High School. Joseff Powell, outside Reynolds High School.
Authorities search Joseff Powell's car near Reynolds High School. Authorities search Joseff Powell's car near Reynolds High School.
TROUTDALE, OR (KPTV) -

A 21-year-old man was arrested after police said he brought a gun to the scene of a school shooting with the intention of protecting his sister.

Joseff Powell, of Gresham, was arrested outside Reynolds High School on Tuesday. He drove to the school after hearing reports about a deadly shooting.

Freshman Jared Padgett, 15, shot and killed 14-year-old freshman Emilio Hoffman in the boys locker room Tuesday morning. P.E. teacher Todd Rispler also suffered a grazing wound to his hip. Padgett later shot and killed himself.

According to court documents, Powell was spotted trying to walk around a search checkpoint for students as part of the evacuation process into a church parking lot adjacent to the school.

A police sergeant motioned for Powell to come toward him and said he appeared "unusually nervous," court documents state.

The officer conducted a pat down and lifted up Powell's shirt to discover a handgun sticking out of his waistband.

Court documents state the officer removed the gun, a 9mm Taurus semi-automatic that was loaded but did not have a round in the chamber.

Police obtained consent to search Powell's car and said they found an empty handgun holster on the floor board of the driver's seat, along with another magazine full of 9mm ammunition.

According to court documents, a detective interviewed Powell who said that he brought the gun to school after hearing about the shooting because he wanted to find his sister and protect her.

"He acknowledged that bringing the gun with him was stupid," court documents state.

Powell does not have a permit to carry a concealed firearm, according to police. Investigators said no link was found between Powell and the school shooting.

He was arraigned in court on Wednesday on the misdemeanor charge of unlawful possession of a firearm. He posted bail and is due back in court on July 18.

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