Escambia County

More on GBHS gun arrest

April 20, 2009

This report is from GB Police:

At 9:05 am this morning Gulf Breeze Police School Resource Officer Kerstan Tatro confronted a 61 year old white female in the Gulf Breeze High School parking lot as school convened for the day. The women was known to the officers as Judy Hall 1139 Finch Drive, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563 DOB 07-13-47. She had come to the school to talk with Officer Tatro about an incident that occurred at the school on Friday involving her son.

He told her to meet him in his office with her son to discuss the matter. Officer Tatro went to his office and could observe Ms. Hall outside in the parking area. Her son approached her and the two conversed in the parking lot. The son appeared to be nervous and watched the school resource officer’s office window continually. There was obvious discussion occurring between Ms. Hall and her son and the son’s actions led Officer Tatro to conclude that there was a problem. Officer Tatro also observed that Ms. Hall had taken a trench coat from her truck and had put it on. As soon as he observed this, he immediately went to her location and confronted her.

Officer Tatro engaged Ms. Hall in a brief conversation. Ms. Hall then talked about the trench coat she was wearing and said that “…anyone could walk into the school with a trench coat on and a gun in their pocket and start killing people.” She also told the officer that she has a .38 gun in her pocket now. Officer Tatro then asked her if she was serious that she had a gun on her and she replied, “Yes, I do.” He then took her into custody and found a handgun in the pocket of the trench coat. Ms. Hall resisted arrest. A further search uncovered a large knife on her person.

Officers arrived to assist and found another loaded handgun in Ms. Hall’s truck which was parked in front of the high school entrance. Officer Tatro had interrupted her before she had been able to put that weapon in her pocket. When asked what she was trying to do, she replied that she was going to make a point.

She was transported to the GB Police Dept. where she was booked for carrying a concealed firearm, bringing a gun onto school campus and resisting arrest without violence.

Subsequently GB Police Dept. recovered 5 more guns at her home on Finch Drive. They located 2 handguns, 2 rifles and a shotgun. Various calibers of ammunition was also recovered.

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  • Reality April 21, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Reality says what Reality knows when, now pay attention, there is a market the supply will be filled! Shut down all the gun shows and every other gun outlet legal or illegal and you will do nothing but raise the price of the firearms that are purchased on the Blackmarket. There are Countries that will execute you for having firearms still there criminals with firearms.

    One door closes another opens. Usually with a higher profit margin.

    If the supply of domestic firearms dries up the military will be pilfered and sold on the Blackmarket.

    Say what you like but your words cannot change the wheels of industry built on supply and demand. Makes the world tick, ironically.

    BTW I am a peace loving surfer who simply calls it as he sees it. I care not about strict or not so strict guns laws I am just saying there is nothing anyone can do to stop a profit margin. Sorry if the truth seems cruel, so it goes.

  • Taylor April 21, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    I just moved away from this school like 3 weeks ago, and knew all the kids. I want to know more about the youtube video cause i heard some of my friends were on it.

  • gunlovinboy April 21, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Don’t get me started on the gun shows…the NRA might as well use the slogan “Overcompensating for our shortcomings with big guns since 1776…” Just kidding…but gun shows seem dangerous to me…i guess it will take some 8 year old kid shooting himself in the head with an Uzi to get some sort of regualti—wait I am being told that already happened…..my mistake…

  • Jay Jeff April 21, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Jason Clark, you nailed it! It took exactly 5 posts to flush out the right handed wing-nuts!

    “… only outlaws will have guns!” c’mon! That one was old when Archie Bunker was a teenager!

    “Can’t enforce gun laws because the black market will sell them.” Sheeez, how imbecilic is that one? Where do you think the black market guns come from?

    They come overwhelmingly fron Gun Shows where anyone from a 12-year old with a fake ID to a tree monkey can buy guns and ammo with no background check.

    A Homeland Security official was on NPR yesterday and he said almost all of the guns they seize are eventually traced to Gun Shows! A Mexican police commissioner said almost all of the guns they seize from the drug gangs are from where, kids? American Gun Shows!

    Tighten up the existing state and federal gun laws and PLUG the gun show loophole!

  • right wing conservative April 21, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Lets get realistic and use some common sense on some of these comments. The bad guys would be the only ones with the guns, if you tried to stop everyone from, their right, “to keep and bear arms.” I know some democrats that have guns and trucks too, professor. Not up-tight, not GB, but I do know right from wrong and morals. I think the left dems need to know some of this manner.

  • Reality April 21, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Gun laws, loopholes etc. will not stop anyone who is motivated to go there. Reality is that there is that anything can be found and purchased on the Blackmarket. Where there is a demand, no matter how large or small, there will will be a supplier. Historically proven throughout the ages. The InWeekly could do an undercover project and probably get a hold of ANYTHING illegal that one might want. Just to “prove a point”…of course.

    Sleep tight.

  • Billy Brad April 21, 2009 at 9:18 am

    I heard Luke McCoy say once all teachers should be required to pack heat in public school and all parents should keep loaded guns at home.

    I wonder if Mama McCoy sent Little Luke off to school with a lard sammich, a thermos of black coffee, a pack of camels and a loaded .38 in his lunch pail? You know, just in case someone got uppity.

    The Gulf Breeze Pistol Packin’ Mama is a great example of why we should close the Gun Show loophole now! I’m willing to bet that if you ran her name through a background check at a legitimate gun store, the machine would explode!

  • Professor "L" April 20, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Can’t wait until Mike Bates of 1330 hate talk radio over in red neck milton will spin this arrest, and of course his stable of gun nut callers. She most likely brought her guns at the State Fair ground Gun Show. Did notice she was driving a pick-up truck. Do hope up-tight GB republicans will have a few sleepless nights. Maybe they might even not renew their NRA membership.

  • Jackson G April 20, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Thanks God no one was hurt and thank GOD Luke McCoy is off the air. We do not need his right-wing bellowing about our sacred gun rights being trampled on by Obama. Not today, not after such a terrible scare.

    I agree, this will devolve rapidly into name calling and the obligatory cry for more guns at school, not less!

  • Jason Clark April 20, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    I give this thread 3-5 posts until someone tries to explain that the problem here is the strict gun control laws of this country.

    Good job by the officer. When I was at GBHS I wasn’t too fond of the resource officers because they always busted me as I tried to go have a smoke or make a run to Taco Bell for lunch, but the officer did a good job and should be used as a good example of astute law enforcement.

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