Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two people who were allegedly on their way to the Florida Institute of Ultrasound with a gun Wednesday afternoon.
According to the sheriff’s office, deputies responded to the institute after a dispatcher received a call that a man and women were on their way with a gun. A concerned citizen told deputies she called the school to warn them that a man named Mark was going to “take over the school by force”. He was then going to make a technician scan his ear because he believed something was in there moving around, according to the arrest report.
When deputies arrived, 52-year-old Mark Kinney and 41-year-old Mary Kinney were arrested before the could enter the building, the sheriff’s office said.
While searching for the gun, which they did find in Mark’s waistband, deputies say they also found a plastic bag with white residue in his shirt pocket. The residue later tested positive for methamphetamine, according to deputies.
Mark Kinney was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a concealed firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia. Mary Kinney was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a concealed firearm and introduction of contraband into a county detention facility.
The institutes administrative director Greg Davis says things could have been a lot worse. He says the school went into lockdown when they heard about the threat.
“We are very very thankful for my staff’s reaction, and the reaction of the sheriff’s department and that no one was seriously hurt or injured.”