TPD, LCSO stop potential gang fight at North Florida Fair

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Posted at 2:50 PM, Nov 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-13 11:14:36-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A 15-year-old has been arrested, accused of attempting to pull a gun on a Tallahassee Police officer after being escorted out of the fair. 

The Tallahassee Police Department and the Leon County Sheriff's Office released a joint press release Monday detailing the incident.

According to the release, officers and deputies working at the North Florida Fair Friday night were alerted to a possible gang related fight by a fair attendee.

They said a group of approximately 60 juveniles were pushing their way through crowds at the fair, causing a disturbance.

The officers and deputies talked with several of the juveniles before they could begin a fight, and escorted three of them from the property for causing a public disturbance.  

The three were issued verbal trespass warnings as they were escorted off the property but one of the juveniles, later identified as 15-year-old boy, pulled away from the TPD officer who was escorting him and began to walk back towards the fairgrounds. 

The officer immediately stopped the teen by grabbing his arm but as he did, the teen reached for a gun in his pocket. 

Luckily, the officer was able to stop the 15-year-old from getting the gun and  arrested him for carrying a concealed firearm, unlawful possession of a gun by a minor and several other charges.  

The teen was transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center for Processing.

“Due to the quick actions of our officer, a dangerous gun is off the streets of Tallahassee," said Chief Michael J. DeLeo. "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 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."