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Gun, Ammo Found In Man's Backpack At Charlotte Courthouse

A man accompanying his wife to the Mecklenburg County Courthouse for a traffic ticket tried to enter the building with a gun and ammunition, sheriff’s deputies say.

Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office
Sheriff's deputies in Charlotte say they arrested a man who tried to bring this gun and 27 rounds of ammo into the Mecklenburg County Courthouse on Tuesday.

The Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that Shaun Donte Anthony, 35, of Huntersville entered the courthouse on Tuesday with a bookbag. When two deputies put the bag through an X-ray scanner, they saw a gun, which they seized. Donte was placed under arrest, the news release said.

Along with a pistol, deputies found 27 rounds of ammunition in the bag, according to the sheriff’s office.

Donte was arrested and charged with possession of a deadly weapon on a state property or courthouse and taken to the Mecklenburg County jail before being released on bond. It's not known if he has an attorney.

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Corrected: July 28, 2021 at 11:52 AM EDT
This story was updated to correct the name of the person who was arrested due to the inaccurate information initially provided by the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office.