Dillon Conn was arrested shortly after 2:30 p.m. Wednesday after he was seen near the front of Terrell Sessmus Elementary carelessly waving what appeared to be a semi-automatic handgun. It turned out his weapon was a BB gun.
Riverview, Florida -- A man is under arrest after waving a gun in front of a Bay area elementary school.
Fortunately, a Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputy was nearby and noticed children yelling about the armed man.
It was about 2:30 p.m., right after the end of the school day at Sessums Elementary School off Symmes Road in Riverview.
Kids were pouring out of the doors, little ones with their big backpacks, plenty of them walking.
Sheriff's deputies say several children started shouting about a man with a gun. A crossing guard spotted him, too.
A sheriff's deputy stationed at the school heard the screams and responded. He says he ended up with his own gun drawn, facing off with 24-year old Dillon Conn.
Investigators say Conn was walking on the sidewalk, right beside the school, wildly waving a handgun.
Photos: See pictures of the weapon here
According to the deputy, Conn appeared agitated and was holding the weapon in a careless, threatening manner.
The deputy approached and gave Conn clear instructions to stop walking and to drop the gun, investigators say.
That's when Conn stopped and screamed to the deputy that he would have to shoot him "because he was not going to put the gun down," explained the report.
Conn remained motionless though, and the deputy ordered him to drop the gun a second time.
The report said Conn then complied and dropped the firearm into the grass, and that shortly after, the deputy handcuffed and arrested him.
Once arrested, Conn reportedly said many times that he wanted the deputy to kill him, and that it was not worth it to live anymore.
Further investigation revealed that Conn's firearm, believed to be a medium caliber semi-automatic handgun, was actually a gas powered BB pistol that did not have the typical red-tipped barrel featured in many other BB guns.
Conn was transported to the Orient Road Jail. He's facing charges of exhibiting a firearm near a school, which is a felony.
The deputy at the school is one of the 150 or so who were stationed at Hillsborough County elementary and middle schools for the rest of this school year, following the shootings in Newtown.