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Chase through Pasco school leads to arrest

Published Oct. 10, 2005

At about 1 p.m. Thursday, several students burst into the office of Hudson High School. One of them shouted, "Someone's chasing me! He's got a gun!"

Principal Arthur O'Donnell and assistant principal Bruce McCart rushed outside and encountered a young man screaming obscenities at the top of his lungs.

James Adam Milburn, 18, of Spring Hill reportedly chased several Hudson High students to the school after he was cut off in traffic by one of the students. His car, engine still running and loaded with youths calling for him to come back, waited on Cobra Way as he tried to confront the other driver.

McCart said Milburn, a former Hudson student, was not holding a gun when he saw him, but he was shouting, "I'm going to kill him!"

"(Milburn) was hot. Really hot," McCart said. "These kids were scared. They were really afraid."

O'Donnell and McCart asked the fast-food worker to calm down and come inside so they could talk with him. Instead, Milburn ran through the parking lot, jumped onto the hood of a student's car and then got into his own car and sped off.

A few hours later, Pasco sheriff's deputies arrested Milburn at a friend's house, according to sheriff's spokesman Jon Powers. He was charged with aggravated assault. Milburn was released from Land O'Lakes Jail after posting $5,000 bail.

Deputies confiscated Milburn's unloaded .22-caliber semiautomatic handgun, a clip for the gun and a holster.

"It was a real gun . . . it's scary," McCart said Friday afternoon. "But, you know, I guess if I worried about that, I wouldn't be able to do my job."

McCart has been at Hudson High School for eight years, but he couldn't recall any previous incidents similar to Thursday's, which saw a half-dozen scared kids cutting through classrooms and running through hallways as they sought safety in the principal's office.

"Nothing like this has ever happened before here," McCart said. "And, of course, I don't necessarily want to see it happen again."