Above: Gun confiscated during arrest | Merced PD
Originally published 5-6-23 via Facebook
by the Merced Police Department:
“Merced – On May 6, 2023, the Merced Police Departments Gang Violence Suppression Unit arrested a juvenile male suspect after he fled from officers and threw a loaded handgun.
On May 6, 2023, at approximately 1:53 PM, Gang Unit Officers recognized a known gang member on probation near Merced Ave and Shirly St. As Officers attempted to contact him, the 17-year-old juvenile took off on a motorized bike North on Shirly St. Officers continued after him until they were able to catch him at Louise Ave and Jean St. after he crashed his bike. As he got up, he grabbed a loaded 40 caliber handgun that fell from his waist, and he threw it.
Officers were able to arrest the juvenile and recover the firearm. The juvenile was booked into juvenile hall for various firearm related charges as well as resisting and obstructing a peace officer.
Merced PD Case Number: 23-23226
Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact Officer Justin Saldivar at 209-388-7735 or by email at SaldivarJ@CityofMerced.org.
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