A man accompanying his wife to the Mecklenburg County Courthouse for a traffic ticket on Tuesday, attempted to enter the building with a gun and ammunition, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Shaun Donte Anthony, 35, of Huntersville entered the courthouse with a bookbag, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. When two deputies put the bag through an x-ray scanner, they saw a gun, prompting them to seize it and place Anthony under arrest, the statement said.
Anthony was processed and released on bond, the Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.
Along with a LWRC International Model SMG 45 pistol, deputies found 27 rounds off ammunition in the bag, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Anthony was arrested for possession of a deadly weapon on a state property/courthouse and was taken to the Mecklenburg County Jail, the Sheriff’s Office said.
“This is what we train for each day,” Sheriff Garry McFadden said in a news release.
This story was updated July 28 after the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office sent a correction on Anthony’s name.