Man pleads guilty to gun on campus

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Perritt Alford, the parent of a Shallotte Middle School student who was arrested in February for impersonating a law enforcement officer and carrying a gun on campus, pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to carrying a firearm on campus.

Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis sentenced Alford to 18 months of supervised probation to include psychiatric testing and treatment, assistant district attorney Chris Thomas said.

Another requirement of Alford’s probation, Thomas said, is for all of his firearms and law enforcement paraphernalia to be destroyed.

In February, Alford was arrested after a Shallotte Middle School student reported seeing him with a gun on campus the previous day. Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested Alford, who was armed with a loaded .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun, the following day without incident.

Alford was originally charged with two counts of having a gun on educational property, two counts of carrying a concealed weapon and one count of impersonating a law enforcement officer.

At the time of his arrest, Alford was wearing a fraudulent U.S. Marshal’s badge and pin, however, Alford was not a certified law enforcement officer at the time of his arrest. He has not been a certified law enforcement officer with any agency since the N.C. Department of Justice Training and Standards Division suspended his certificate in 1991.

Alford’s law enforcement career prior to 1991 includes working for police departments in the towns of Shallotte, Yaupon Beach and Tabor City.

When agents served a search warrant at Alford’s home, they recovered more handguns, police badges, police patches and fraudulent ID cards.

Lewis required all law enforcement materials be destroyed, even what Alford had as a law enforcement officer.

Thomas said a matching set of revolvers, a Glock .40-caliber handgun and the Kimber .45 semi-automatic pistol he was carrying at the school, are to be destroyed.