Two men accused of bringing AR-15-style rifle to Bowsher High School during homecoming dance

Police said they caught the men after they led them on a lengthy, high-speed pursuit
Two men are accused of bringing a loaded AR-15-style rifle to Bowsher High School during its homecoming dance Saturday night and leading officers on a pursuit
Published: Sep. 25, 2022 at 5:14 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Two men are accused of bringing a loaded AR-15-style rifle to Bowsher High School during its homecoming dance Saturday night and leading officers on a lengthy, high-speed pursuit, police said.

They brought the gun to the school so a student attending the dance could pose for pictures with it, according to court documents.

The men are identified as Vanard Kamron Shelton, 18, and Edward Levester Spikener, 19, both of Toledo.

Parents noticed the men get out of their car on Bowsher’s property and watched them hand over the gun to the student, police said. Those parents then notified Toledo Public Schools Police, officers said.

Police said the two men took off in their vehicle and led officers on a lengthy chase. Shelton was driving the vehicle and Spikener was the passenger, court records allege.

The chase exceeded speeds of 105 miles per hour at times, officers said. The pursuit almost led to “several crashes” as Shelton ran “several red lights,” according to police.

Both were eventually caught and arrested.

Shelton is charged with eluding police officers, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle and illegal conveyance or possession of a deadly weapon on school property, court records show.

Spikener was charged with tampering with evidence after allegedly throwing a pistol out the vehicle’s window during the chase. He’s also charged with illegal conveyance or possession of a deadly weapon on school property, according to court documents.

They appeared in Lucas County Court Monday and were released without bail. Their next court date is scheduled for October 3.

TPS said in a statement Monday that while the two men who brought the gun don’t attend the school, the students who were involved in the incident are facing disciplinary action. You can read the district’s statement in full below.

“The safety of our students and staff members, whether during the school day or at an extracurricular event, is the number one priority for Toledo Public Schools and Bowsher High School. The incident that occurred at Bowsher’s homecoming dance on Saturday evening was unfortunate and unacceptable. Thankfully, the students who were at the dance to celebrate with their friends along with the staff members and volunteers who were working the event were never in danger.

We truly appreciate the parents who alerted officers to what was occurring outside the school and the quick response from law enforcement.

The two young men who were in possession of the weapons do not attend Bowsher and now face multiple criminal charges. The students involved face disciplinary action.

At Bowsher High School, they hold their students to the highest expectations whether during the school day or when attending an extracurricular event. They strive as a school community to uphold this standard in all they do.” - James Gant, TPS Deputy Superintendent

Edward Spikener
Edward Spikener(Lucas County Corrections)
Vanard Shelton
Vanard Shelton(Provided by Lucas County Correctional)

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