Devonte D. Ridgeway, 20, a Baker Hall student who was arrested after a loaded handgun was found in his backpack, faces a felony hearing on Friday, said Lackawanna Police Capt. Joseph Leo.
Ridgeway was jailed in the Erie County Holding Center on $20,000 bail after he was charged with criminal possession of a loaded firearm, a second-degree felony, and criminal possession of a firearm on school grounds.
"He told us he was carrying the weapon around for protection because he was being shot at it in Buffalo," said Leo.
Police said that at 8:24 a.m. Monday Ridgeway walked into the front entryway of Baker Hall, a school at 744 Ridge Road. The school is operated by Baker Victory Services for behavioral and emotionally challenged youth from ages 11-21 in grades 6 through 12.
A metal detector sounded, and when school security searched Ridgeway's backpack, they found a 22-caliber handgun loaded with two bullets, Leo said.
Ridgeway was held in a room but escaped, according to police reports.
"He ran out of the room and fled the building," Leo said. "Someone saw him in the Holy Cross Cemetery and a patrol car was dispatched."
Ridgeway was arrested by Lackawanna police, Leo said.
Ridgeway has a pending harassment charge in connection with previous incident at the school, Leo said.