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Suspect In Columbus State Gun Scare Charged With Inducing Panic


A man who flashed a gun at Columbus State Community College earlier this month, causing it to close for one day, has been indicted by county prosecutors. 

Eighteen-year-old Deandre McClarin faces four criminal counts, including inducing panic and possessing a deadly weapon in a school safety zone. 

On March 8, the Franklin County prosecutors’ office says McClarin pulled a gun on a student inside a Columbus State building.  Students were evacuated and classes were canceled for the rest of the day. 

Police say McClarin’s girlfriend was in the same class as the student he threatened.  

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Deandre McClarin

Authorities arrested the suspect the following day at a Dublin hotel. 

McClarin was also indicted last week on aggravated possession of drugs and possession of LSD from an incident last November at the Tuttle Mall.

Debbie Holmes has worked at WOSU News since 2009. She has hosted All Things Considered, since May 2021. Prior to that she was the host of Morning Edition and a reporter.