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Man with guns arrested at Columbus school

A man with two concealed guns was arrested Wednesday morning outside Central Middle School in Columbus.

 

Michael Jones, 38, of Columbus, was spotted in the staff parking lot at around 11:15 a.m. by Columbus Police Department School Resource Officer Greg Ross.

 

"When he (Ross) went out and confronted him, he determined that the man was in possession of two loaded handguns that were concealed on him," said Lt. Matt Harris.

 

Ross arrested Jones after finding the guns.

 

Harris said he did not know what the motive was for the man to have the guns.

 

"That's a part of the investigation that's ongoing at this time that our detectives are looking at."

 

Harris said he believes the incident is an example of the value of having resource officers.

 

"This particular officer, who's a veteran officer, determined that something seemed out of place, that this man's behavior was not normal."

 

Jones was taken to the Bartholomew County Jail. He faces a preliminary charge of possession of a firearm on school property.