Pellet Gun Prompts Lockdown in Monroe County

HANNIBAL – Monroe County sheriff’s deputies arrested River High School student Devon Ice on Tuesday after he allegedly brought a pellet gun to school, prompting administrators to put the building on lockdown.

Ice, 18, was booked into the Monroe County Jail following his arrest.

Monroe County Sheriff Charles Black anticipated Ice would be arraigned this morning on a misdemeanor charge of inducing panic.

River High School Principal Ed Trifonoff said a student told him of a “safety concern” Tuesday morning. Trifonoff subsequently initiated the appropriate protocol procedure and alerted the sheriff’s department.

Black said that “safety concern” was initially believed to be an actual gun, and only after deputies arrived and spoke to the student did they learn it was a pellet gun. The school’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education resource officer was one of the two deputies who responded to the school, Black said.

Deputies seized the pellet gun.

Trifonoff estimated the incident caused about a one-hour interruption in the school day.