Deputy's son, 10, arrested at elementary school for gun sale that caused lockdown

Deputy’s son, 10, arrested at elementary school for gun sale that caused lockdown

(As originally published, Fri, March 29th 2024 at 3:45 PM)

LABELLE, Fla. (TND) — There’s often an interesting story when the son of a sheriff’s deputy is arrested and, but in this case, the suspect is just 10 years old. And so is the other boy who was arrested.

Authorities in Hendry County, Fla., first reported “a suspicious incident” at Country Oaks Elementary School, Wednesday morning.

“The school was placed on a brief lockdown,” they said. “Employees and school staff quickly resolved it,” and according to the sheriff, “This is an isolated incident and I want to assure everyone that at no time were the students, staff, and school administration in danger.”

It was absolutely an isolated incident.

That situation turned out to be “the exchange of a firearm between two ten-year students,” and they were arrested after speaking to school administrators and deputies.

According to the sheriff’s office, “After finding ammunition in 10-year-old Carlos Santos Madrid’s backpack, a series of events began to unfold.”

They said in early January, Jaiden Diego Escobedo tried to sell a handgun for $300. Later, they learned it had belonged to the boy’s late father. His mother is a deputy with the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy's son, 10, arrested at elementary school for gun sale that caused lockdown
Two 10-year-old boys are facing multiple criminal charges, and they’re in the custody of the Fla. Dept. of Juvenile Justice. One’s mother, a sheriff’s deputy, was placed on administrative leave pending an administrative inquiry. (Sinclair Broadcast Group)

“The firearm was later located in Madrid’s backyard under a shed,” authorities continued. “When Investigators removed the firearm, they also located a baggie of marijuana weighing approximately 74 grams.”

Madrid was arrested and charged with sale/purchase of a firearm by a minor, unlawful possession of a firearm by a minor, possession of a firearm on school property and possession of marijuana over 20 grams.

Escobedo was arrested and charged with selling of a firearm to a minor, unlawful possession of a firearm by a minor, possession of a firearm on school property and grand theft of a firearm.

Both boys are now in the custody of the state Department of Juvenile Justice.

Escobedo’s mom was placed on administrative leave pending an administrative inquiry.

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