06/12/2014 12:00 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Man Brought Gun To School Shooting, Wanted To Protect Sister

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

An Oregon man who allegedly brought a gun to the site of a school shooting told authorities that he was there to protect his sister, a student at the school.

Police identified the man as Joseff Powell, a 21-year-old from Gresham, KOIN reports. Powell was carrying a concealed firearm when police arrested him near Reynolds High School Tuesday, shortly after a 15-year-old boy killed one student and wounded a teacher.

The Oregonian reports:

The officer searched Powell, and found a 9-millimeter Taurus semi-automatic handgun in his waistband. The gun was loaded. When a detective asked Powell why he had a gun, Powell said "he heard there was a shooting and he wanted to find his sister who is a freshman at Reynolds and protect her," according to the affidavit. "He acknowledged that bringing the gun with him was stupid."

Authorities said they noticed Powell because he attempted to avoid a security checkpoint as people were being escorted from the school building, KGW reports.

Powell pleaded not guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm during an arraignment Wednesday afternoon.

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