ST. PETERSBURG — An unscheduled race broke out during Thursday's middle school track meet at St. Petersburg High School.
It was police officers vs. an 18-year-old accused of bringing a firearm onto school property, police said. The officers won.
Deondre G. Lumpkin was arrested on charges of carrying a concealed firearm, possession of a weapon on school property and resisting an officer without violence.
According to St. Petersburg police, Lumpkin got into an argument with three St. Petersburg High students off campus about 5:45 p.m. Then Lumpkin pulled out a .38-caliber revolver from his front waistband, police said, so the students ran.
Lumpkin then chased them back toward the school, where the track meet was being held. The students ran to the football stadium and track, on the Ninth Avenue N side of the school, and yelled to officers there that Lumpkin was armed.
Lumpkin threw the gun into a trash can and tried to run but was corralled by three officers who chased him along the school's oval running track, police said. Officers said they found the weapon in the trash can and that it had three bullets in it.
Lumpkin, 5800 Grove St., was being held Friday in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $10,150 bail. He is a student at Lakewood High School, police said.