Police: Teen caught with gun at North Florida Fair

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By: Amy Robinson | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 13, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Authorities say a 15-year-old has been arrested after an incident at the North Florida Fair over the weekend.

On Friday night, officers with the Tallahassee Police Department and Leon County Sheriff’s Office working at the fair were alerted to a possible gang-related fight by a fair-goer and began to watch the group of approximately 60 juveniles.

Officials say the group was pushing their way through the crowds at the fair and causing a disturbance.

Before a fight was able to start, authorities made contact with the group and escorted three of the juveniles from the property for causing a public disturbance.

The three juveniles were given verbal trespassing warnings as they were escorted off the property.

Officials say that's when one of the juveniles, a 15-year-old male, pulled away from the TPD officer who was escorting him and began walking back towards the fairgrounds.

As the TPD officer grabbed the teen's arm to stop him, authorities say the juvenile reached for a gun in his left front pocket.

The officer was able to stop the teen from grabbing the weapon and he was quickly taken to the ground and handcuffed.

Once the gun was safely recovered by officers, the teen was arrested on charges of carrying a concealed firearm, possession of a firearm by a minor, trespassing, and resisting an officer. He was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center.

WCTV is choosing not to identify the teen due to his age.

In a press release on Monday, TPD Chief Michael DeLeo said, “Due to the quick actions of our officer, a dangerous gun is off the streets of Tallahassee. I commend the quick work of both my officers and LCSO, as we continue to make Tallahassee and Leon County a safer place for all of us to live, work and play.”

Sheriff Walt McNeil added, "This is another example of these two agencies working together to prevent what could have been a tragedy. They safety of our citizens is our top priority and I would like to thank all of our law enforcement professionals for putting their lives on the line daily to protect our community."

No injuries were reported in the incident.

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