Firearms complaint leads to juvenile being arrested

Published 8:04 am Tuesday, March 20, 2018

A 12-year-old boy on probation was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and sent to the Olmsted County Juvenile Detention Center after a firearms complaint Sunday night.

According to Austin Police Chief Brian Krueger, police responded to the call at 9:51 p.m. on Sunday in the 900 block of Second Avenue Northeast. A witness said he thought he saw the barrel of a BB gun sticking out the window of a house in the 900 block. A second witness said she was driving by the house when she heard something hit her car.

Police spoke to a woman at the residence in question, who said her 11-year-old son was in his room with a 12-year-old friend. Police then spoke to the boys, who denied shooting a BB gun. An officer located a BB gun with pellets hidden underneath bedding in the room.

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The 11-year-old told police he found the gun in the bed of a pick-up truck earlier in the day and that he and the 12-year-old had taken turns shooting out the window, according to Krueger.

The 12-year-old was found to be on probation.

Police spoke to the boy’s probation officer, who told them to take him to the Olmsted County Juvenile Detention Center. He was also cited for being in possession of drug paraphernalia.

The 11-year-old was allowed to stay with his mother.