SARASOTA, Fla. - Deputies say a man carrying a loaded gun was arrested at a high school football game Friday Night at Riverview High School.
During a verbal altercation with 48-year-old Thomas Hegwein at the game, a parent noticed that Hegwein had gun and alerted sheriff's deputies that a man had entered the stadium with a gun.
According to a Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office report, deputies confronted the man and took him to a safe location, where they found a .45 caliber pistol in a holster under his shirt. The gun was fully loaded with a round chambered and the safety on. Hegwein also had a second fully loaded magazine on his body.
They say while he did have a concealed carry permit, it's still illegal to bring a gun onto school grounds.
Hegwein has been charged with Possession of a Firearm on School Property.
Arresting deputies say Hegwein was acting in a bizarre and hostile manner, and made hateful comments toward Jewish, Polish and homosexual people. It was also noted the he had drawn swastikas on the back of his boots.
The sheriff's office is requesting a court order that would require Hegwien to turn over all his guns until he's evaluated for mental health issues.
In a statement released to ABC 7, the Sarasota County School District confirms that backpacks and purses were checked at the entrances to the stadium that night.
The statement goes on to say: “We take a number of precautions for the safety of spectators and participants at school sports events. Law enforcement officers from the Sheriff’s Office and city police departments work with school district employees to help maintain security at high school games...We commend the parent who alerted a Sheriff’s deputy when it became clear to him that the suspect had a gun. We appreciate the efforts of deputies to apprehend the suspect and to keep everyone safe at this school event. “