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Juvenile Charged with Firing Handgun from Vehicle

LaGrange Police have charged a 15-year-old juvenile with misdemeanor gun charges after he allegedly fired a gun from a vehicle.

Wednesday night, about 9:49 p.m., officers with the LaGrange Police Department were called to the 900 block of Elm Street in reference to reports of a gunshot being fired from a vehicle.

While en route, police were advised by a 911 caller that they heard a single gunshot coming from a silver convertible.

Police later located a silver Chevy Camaro in the area and conducted a traffic stop on South Greenwood Street.

Upon making contact with the vehicle, which was occupied by three juvenile males, all three subjects denied any firearms being in the vehicle.

Officers then searched the vehicle with consent and located a Ruger handgun under the front passenger seat. The handgun was found was empty with no rounds in the chamber or magazine.

Police say that immediately upon finding the gun, all three said the gun didn’t belong to them.

The driver was then heard telling one of the other juveniles, “you better own up to it,” so each of the occupants were questioned separately.

Two of the juveniles later identified the third 15-year-old juvenile as the owner of the gun, so he was detained, despite his continued insistence the gun was not his and that he did not fire it.

The juvenile’s father later came to the La-Grange Police Department to obtain his son, and he advised that his son had stolen another firearm from him and traded it for the firearm found in the vehicle.

The juvenile later admitted to possessing the handgun, saying he obtained it because he was receiving threats at Tall Pines Apartments that subjects were going to shoot him and jump him. He claimed the gun was actually fired by another subject in the car, but admitted the firearm belonged to him.

As a result of the investigation, the juvenile, age 15, was charged with Possession of a Handgun by Persons under 21 and Discharging a Firearm Near a Street.

The juvenile was later turned over to his father.

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