US Marshals arrest a 16-year-old murder suspect at Frayser High School

US Marshals led a squad of law enforcement officers to arrest a 16-year-old at a high school for first-degree murder stemming from an April homicide.

The 16-year-old, whose identity has not been released publicly, was arrested Tuesday at Frayser High School, according to sources familiar with the matter.

In a press release, the US Marshals Service described the arrest as “without incident”.

Marshals made the arrest around 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, according to Deputy US Marshal Seth Bruce’s spokesman, who declined to confirm the name of the school or if the teen was a student there.

Arrests by school marshals are uncommon.

They don’t happen “very often,” Bruce said, “but occasionally when the case we’re working on calls for it.”

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Bruce referred questions about where on school property the arrest took place to the Memphis Police Department, which did not respond to a request from The Commercial Appeal.

A report by Education Week found that for the 2013-14 school year, about half of Tennessee schools had sworn police officers in their buildings. About 1,200 students, or less than 1% of the state’s student body, were arrested at the school this year.

The report did not specify how many arrests were made as a result of school events and how many arrests were made on warrants for community violence.

Several law enforcement agencies were involved in the teenager’s arrest, according to the publication.

A group called the Memphis Police Fugitive Apprehension Team made the arrest, U.S. Marshals said, based on information they received from one of their own task forces.

The U.S. Marshals Two Rivers Violent Fugitive Task Force is an interagency group composed of U.S. Marshals, Memphis Police Officers, Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy and other law enforcement officers from West Tennessee departments.

“The primary purpose of our task force is to arrest violent criminals,” Bruce said, describing the US Marshals’ involvement. “A subject with a first-degree murder warrant meets those criteria.”

Officials say the 16-year-old is the suspect in a murder that took place in Frayser on April 7.

Victim Michael Mahan was shot and killed at approximately 6:45 a.m. that morning in the 3600 block of Hallbrook Street. officials have said.

Laura Testino covers education and children’s issues for the Commercial Appeal. You can reach her at [email protected] or 901-512-3763. Find her on Twitter: @LDTestino

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