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Bodycam video shows arrest of Orange student accused of having rifle, ammo in car at high school

Nolan Rosen, 18, was arrested back on May 2 after a bullet was found inside the high school cafeteria. Police say they later found a gun in his vehicle.

PEPPER PIKE, Ohio — The Pepper Pike Police Department has released body camera video from last month which shows the arrest of 18-year-old Nolan Rosen, who is accused of bringing a gun and ammunition onto the Orange High School campus.

Rosen was charged with possessing a deadly weapon in a school safety zone and inducing panic after a bullet was found inside the school on May 2. In the bodycam video, Rosen can be seen admitting to having brought a bullet into the building, but told officers he never brought a gun into the school.

"I'm not, like, a 'school shooter,'" Rosen stressed.

Rosen was further questioned by school administrators and law enforcement. When asked if he had a gun in his car, he responded, "Yes."

Court records indicate Rosen had a .22 caliber rifle and 24 rounds of ammunition inside his vehicle, which was in the school parking lot at the time. Three rounds of ammunition were brought inside the school, according to the documents.

Rosen, a junior at Orange, appeared hesitant to believe police when told he'd be arrested.

"You're just arresting me on a charge that's made up," Rosen told police as he was handcuffed. The teen is accused of violating Ohio Revised Code Section 2923.122, which is defined as follows:

  • "(A) No person shall knowingly convey, or attempt to convey, a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance into a school safety zone.
  • "(B) No person shall knowingly possess a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance in a school safety zone.
  • "(C) No person shall knowingly possess an object in a school safety zone if both of the following apply:
    • "(1) The object is indistinguishable from a firearm, whether or not the object is capable of being fired.
    • "(2) The person indicates that the person possesses the object and that it is a firearm, or the person knowingly displays or brandishes the object and indicates that it is a firearm."

Rosen — whom police told 3News they believe "meant no harm" — is currently out on bond with an arraignment date set for July 5. As he is charged with a fifth-degree felony as well as a first-degree misdemeanor, he could face more than a year in prison, if convicted.

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