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Arrest made after loaded firearm found on Grovetown playground

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Published: Oct. 22, 2021 at 9:17 PM EDT
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GROVETOWN, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - On October 22 at approximately 11:34 a.m. the Grovetown Department of Public Safety was requested by the Columbia County Board of Education Campus Police to respond to Grovetown Elementary School, 300 Ford Avenue Grovetown, in reference to a Suspicious Situation.

The SRO relayed that the weapon, a revolver, was loaded and inside of a nylon holster when discovered. Upon its discovery, a student immediately notified a teacher who was also present outside, and the playground was cleared and secured. Officers, along with the School Resource Officer, conducted a search of the entire playground for any additional weapons, with nothing further being located.

Upon the firearm being recovered, an “ATF trace” of the weapon was conducted through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms using the serial number. Chief Kitchens was contacted by the ATF and provided with a name and address of the original purchaser of the weapon, Ms. Amanda Price Moore of the 300 block of Ford Avenue, Grovetown.

Officers of the Grovetown Department of Public Safety were able to make contact with Ms. Moore, via telephone, at which time she was advised of the circumstances surrounding the firearm being recovered. Ms. Moore expressed shock and stated that she routinely exercises at night with her dogs on the walking track of the playground, and that she carries her firearm with her for protection. Ms. Moore stated that she had placed her firearm in a carry bag last night when she went to exercise.

Ms. Moore initially agreed to meet with an Investigator at the Grovetown Department of Public Safety and provide a formal statement. However, a short while later she stated that she was en route to the Columbia County Detention Center and that the investigator could meet with her there. Upon the investigator meeting with Ms. Moore at the Detention Center, she stated that she did not wish to provide any further statements in the matter.

Ms. Moore was placed under arrest for the charge of Reckless Conduct and committed to the Columbia County Detention Center.

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