Two teens arrested for possessing handguns

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Kosciusko Chief of Police Herbert Dew says his officers have arrested two teenagers in one month’s timing for possessing handguns.

According to Dew, the first incident happened Friday, Feb. 22 on Aponaug Rd. in Kosciusko.

Officers received a call of a teenager walking down the road with a handgun. When an officer arrived, he asked the suspect if he had a gun. At that point, the teenager pulled out the weapon, in a non-threatening manner, to show the officer. The 16-year-old suspect was taken into custody without incident.

Dew said the next arrest came on Friday, March 15 at Aponaug Park on W Jefferson St. in Kosciusko. Officers were called there due to a large gathering of cars and teenagers for a reported fight.

Dew and other officers stopped several cars from leaving and were able to find the two suspects involved in the altercation. When the teens were asked to remove their hands from their pockets, officers spotted the gun in the front pocket of a hoodie. Officers then took one 14-year-old into custody.

Also on March 15, Dew said his office received reported of a 13-year-old being shot in the eye with a BB gun.

After the suspects were arrested, the cases were passed to Youth Court.

Dew went on to say that these incidents seem to be happening more often and encouraged parents to take action.

“Know what your kids are doing and know where they are at,” said Dew. “If you have weapons, make sure they are not accessible to children or teenagers. There are certain situations where a juvenile can possess a weapon, such as hunting, but it’s not okay on the city streets and parks of Kosciusko, Mississippi.”

With several recent high profile cases across the United States of officers shooting citizens due to mistaking BB guns or toys guns as real firearms, Dew said it’s more important than ever to speak to kids and teenagers about gun safety.

“This is a trend that we hope doesn’t continue. Both of these incidents turned out okay, but it could have been really bad.”

Visit kidshealth.org/gun-safety for information on how to speak with children and teenagers on gun safety.

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