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Man with gun subdued on campus
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Posted: 2013 Feb 15 - 07:24

By Dawn Krebs


FORT PIERCE -- One man's travels through Fort Pierce waving a gun came to an end when he was subdued by law enforcement at the Treasure Coast Public Training Complex on the Indian River State College campus on the afternoon of Feb. 7.

According to documents from law enforcement, Nkosi McClain, 19, of Fort Pierce was first spotted with a gun when shots were reportedly fired into a home on Avenue J.

A few moments later, Mr. McClain was involved in a vehicle crash when the green pick-up truck he was driving collided with another car near 29th Street. The report states that he drove on to the area by the public library on Avenue D, where he pulled into the parking lot and began spinning the tires and traveling in circles while firing the gun twice.

Officers responding to the shots fired near 29th Street then heard Mr. McClain was in the area of Indian River State College, and law enforcement responded there.

The report goes on to state that Mr. McClain could be seen waving a handgun around outside the truck while driving. Nearing the public safety complex, the officer in pursuit used the patrol car's speakers to warn students and others in the parking lot, and warned them to take cover.

Once the Mr. McClain's vehicle came to a stop, members of the Fort Pierce Police Department pulled in behind the truck, while a member of the St. Lucie Sheriff's Office removed Mr. McClain from the truck. A 9mm handgun was recovered from the scene.

During the incident, a student was reported shot, but the source of the gunshot has not yet been determined.

The names of the officers involved with the pursuit and the arrest will not be released until the investigation is completed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

"The officers and college personnel acted quickly to protect the students on campus," said Chief R. Sean Baldwin in a statement. "The threat was immediately resolved with the apprehension of McClain."

At the time of his arrest, Mr. McClain was charged with hit and run, improper exhibit of a firearm, firing a weapon from a vehicle, fleeing police, aggravated assault on an officer, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and firing into a building.

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