Richmond Man Arrested for Fleeing from Police with AR-15, Resulted in Multiple School Lock-Downs


On November 2, Richmond Police Officers responded to E. Walnut Street after a caller advised her husband was under the influence armed with a gun. The caller advised a physical altercation occurred to officials. 40 year old James Medders allegedly then took off from the residence when he learned that police had been called.

Medders went to the railroad tracks by Central Court in close proximity of two schools and was on the railroad tracks. When Medders saw officers in his area, police report he laid down to attempt to not be detected. Officers then made their way to the tracks to confront Medders. According to the citation just a small distance away from him was a Palmetto Ar-15 rifle and in his jacket pocket police located matching Ar-15 rounds.

Also laying on the tracks was a gun case with additional Ar-15 rounds and multiple magazines. Medder’s actions caused schools to be placed on “lockdown” and caused alarm to the neighbors in the area. 
Medders was charged with  Assault 4th degree, Fleeing and Evading police and Disorderly conduct 2nd degree.