Student arrested for possession of firearm, dismissed from MVC

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A Missouri Valley College student was dismissed and arrested after being found in possession of a firearm Friday, Oct. 6.

Kelvin Lamarr Phillips, 18, of St. Louis, was charged with the class E felony of unlawful use of a weapon, subsection 10, carries loaded weapon into school, bus, premises, function after the Marshall Police Department was contacted by Missouri Valley College, advising the school was in the process of seizing a firearm from a student.

According to the probable cause statement, MVC’s director of public safety was made aware of threats posted on social media by Phillips, and that he was currently concealing a handgun on his person on campus. The director reportedly located Phillips in his scheduled class, and escorted him from the classroom. Items located in Phillips’ backpack included a 9mm handgun containing one magazine of 15 rounds of ammunition inserted into the magazine well of the weapon, and one round of hollow point ammunition in the chamber of the gun.

According to the report, Phillips identified himself as a member of the 60 Crips gang, which is affiliated in the west side of St. Louis. The officer reportedly observed several tattoos on Phillips’ person displaying gang-affiliated tattoos.

According to the probable cause statement, Phillips was dismissed from MVC following the incident, and has no ties to Marshall.

Editor's note: Charges contained in reports provided by law enforcement officials are not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting charges must be presented before a jury, whose duty is to determine if the accused is guilty or not guilty of the charges.