Joseff Powell, during his arraignment Wednesday. (Kelly House/The Oregonian)
He was arrested after police found him with a gun following Tuesday’s Reynolds High School shooting. Powell told police he was there to protect his sister, a freshman at the school. His mother, Brandy Church, tells us he forgot he had the weapon on him when he went to find his sister. Powell, plead not guilty to on one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in Multnomah County Circuit Court.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, a Multnomah County sheriff’s sergeant came across Powell near a church parking lot where police had corralled students after the shooting. The officer saw Powell trying to walk around the search checkpoint, and motioned him over to the search area. The officer searched Powell, and found a 9-millimeter Taurus semi-automatic handgun in his waistband.
Church said she frantically called her son in Tuesday morning after watching police cars speed to Reynolds.