Photo: the confiscated gun
Originally published as a Merced Police Department Facebook post –
MERCED- Officers arrested Branden Gonzales (22) for gang member/felon possession of a firearm & ammunition and active participation in a criminal street gang.
On 1/22/22 at 8:57 PM, Officer Arturo Gaona investigated suspicious gang activity inside the Merced Cemetery at the 1400 block of B Street. He detained Gonzales after a brief foot pursuit and discovered a loaded firearm that was discarded on the cemetery grounds.
Gonzales was arrested for several illegal weapon charges and gang enhancements. He was booked into custody at the Merced County Jail.
If you have any information on this incident please contact the Merced Police Department.
Case Number: 22-4492
Merced Police are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Officer Arturo Gaona at (209) 385-6905 or by email at email@example.com.