Good Samaritan teen calls authorities on student with a loaded gun on a school bus

Reporter: Dannielle Garcia
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Mugshot of Jose Amieva, 17. (Credit: Lee County Sheriff's Office)
Mugshot of Jose Amieva, 17. (Credit: Lee County Sheriff’s Office)

A woman says her teenage son was driving behind a school bus when he saw a student with a gun and called for help.

That move is what led to the arrest of 17-year-old Jose Amieva, who police say had a loaded gun on the bus.

Amieva is a student at Cypress Lake High School. Video shows Lee County Deputies surrounding the school bus with two students aboard after it stopped off an I-75 ramp Thursday afternoon.

Deputies identified the person with the gun as Amieva.

The mother of the teen who called in the tip said, “He was driving behind the bus and he said that the kid just pulled up his shirt and showed him the gun that he had in his waistband.”

This mother – whose identity WINK News is protecting – says her son immediately called the Lee County School District Transportation Department, thinking that would be the best way to track the bus.

“He got scared because there were other children on the bus that were riding there and he just thought, what is he doing with a gun on the bus?” She said.

The next day, parents and grandparents at Cypress Lake High School were quick to react.

Brigid Berry’s son goes to Cypress Lake high. “Especially being so close to Parkland, every day we send our kids to school I worry…”

Deputies say Ameiva had a Glock 23, 40-caliber weapon. The sheriff’s office also says it was stolen, and loaded.

The manager of Fowler Firearms told WINK News the particular weapon is a popular choice for gun owners and law enforcement.

Jon Dezendorf, manager of Fowler Firearms and Gun Range said, “They don’t malfunction if you’re using it correctly. They don’t malfunction too often for you.”

Not a comforting thought for this mom, “Anything can happen you can never take a chance and think oh it’s fake and this and that.”

At this hour there are still many unanswered questions. Is it possible Amieva had the gun on campus all day? Where was the gun stolen from? Will the state attorney elect to prosecute him as an adult?

We’re still working to get all of these questions answered for you, but the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the School District of Lee County declined to comment Friday due to the age of the suspect. The State Attorney Office responded with the following statute:

“F.S. 985.26(2)(b): Upon good cause being shown that the nature of the charge requires additional time for the prosecution or defense of the case, the court may extend the length of detention for an additional 9 days if the child is charged with an offense that would be, if committed by an adult, a capital felony, a life felony, a felony of the first degree, or a felony of the second degree involving violence against any individual.

Right now, Amieva is in juvenile detention for the next 21 days.

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