An alert Lake County sheriff's school resource deputy is credited for his swift action this afternoon following a fight that occurred at Eustis High School near dismissal time.
Deputy Sheriff Adam Tytler responded after two male students were sent to the office for fighting. As Tytler made his way to the office, he noticed a young woman, who was apparently upset over the fight, making her way from the office to a vehicle waiting in the pick-up line. The woman, who doesn’t attend the school, had allegedly threatened one of the males saying she was going to get a gun and shoot him.
The deputy followed and watched as 20-year-old Tershia Richmond reached into the car, obtained a handgun, and then placed it in her pocket as she turned to head back to the school. Tytler immediately drew his firearm, ordered the Richmond to the ground, and secured her. Tytler then took possession of the firearm, which was discovered shortly thereafter to be stolen out of South Carolina.
Richmond, from Georgia, was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm on school property, possession of stolen property, and carrying a concealed firearm without a permit.
The two males involved in the fight have had ongoing verbal confrontations over the last week. Richmond, a family friend of one of the students, sought revenge over the scuffle and never intended to target anyone else at the school, according to Lake County Sheriffs Office.
The incident is still under investigation and additional charges are possible. For more news and events in Mount Dora, Tavares & Eustis, click here.