Photo: Kings County Sheriff’s Office
A Kings County man, who is also a convicted felon, was recently arrested on numerous firearm charges, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Shortly before 3 AM on Sunday, June 5, a deputy responded to the 11500 block of 2nd Place in Hanford to investigate reports of a commotion and people drinking in public.
Upon arrival, the deputy reportedly spotted 34-year-old Mark Scott laying on his back on the roadway shoulder. Scott told the deputy he was drunk. When the deputy noticed the grip of a semiautomatic firearm tucked into Scott’s waistband, he drew his service weapon, identified himself as a Sheriff’s deputy, and told Scott to show his hands.
Scott then rolled over onto his stomach, concealing the weapon and whatever he was doing with his hands, which prompted the deputy to climb on Scott’s back and pin him down to keep Scott from reaching the gun. At this point a large group began to converge, but another deputy had responded and was able to help get Scott into handcuffs.
Deputies then confiscated the gun, described as a .40 caliber Springfield XD ten rounds of ammo. The serial number revealed that the gun had been reported stolen. Deputies also found over eleven grams of cocaine in Scott’s pocket, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Scott, who was previously convicted of multiple felonies, was booked at the Kings County Jail on numerous firearm charges, possession of a controlled substance, and disorderly conduct.