CPS student brought loaded machine gun to school, prosecutors say

Roger Roache (Cook County sheriff’s office, Google)

CHICAGO — A Chicago Public Schools student has been detained as a safety threat after he allegedly brought a loaded machine gun into the facility. Roger Roache, 18, is the second high school student to be charged with possessing a machine gun inside a Chicago high school since March 20.

In two Chicago police reports provided to CWBChicago, officers said Roache entered Collins Academy High School, 1313 South Sacramento, around 8:10 a.m. on Tuesday and went through the security checkpoint. A security officer confiscated Roache’s backpack after a security screening produced an image appearing to show a firearm inside the bag, according to the reports.

The officer secured the bag and escorted Roache to the dean’s office. They then contacted Collins’ school resource officer, a Chicago police officer stationed on the campus.

Inside Roache’s bag, officers allegedly discovered a loaded Glock 17 handgun with an auto-fire switch and a 30-round magazine. He told officers he didn’t know the gun was inside the backpack, according to the reports. Later, while an officer’s body camera was recording, he described the black and tan firearm and said he knew it had an auto-fire switch, the reports said.

Judge Barbara Dawkins granted the state’s detention petition. Roache is charged with unlawful use of a machine gun and two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

On March 20, Chicago police arrested a senior at Association House of Chicago High School in Humboldt Park after the school’s principal allegedly found a stolen, loaded machine gun in his locker.

Marquis Terry, 19, was sent home in an Uber for smoking pot while on a field trip, according to information in a Chicago police report and the state’s detention petition. That afternoon, the school’s principal searched Terry’s locker to see if he had any more pot stored there, the petition said.

Court records don’t say if the principal found any more pot. But inside a backpack in the locker, prosecutors alleged, the principal found a loaded .45-caliber Glock handgun equipped with an extended ammunition magazine and a switch, rendering it capable of generating automatic gunfire. CPD’s report said the weapon had been reported stolen from Henderson, Kentucky. 

This video shows a Glock pistol equipped with an aftermarket switch:

Terry continues to be detained at the Cook County jail.

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