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Pellet Gun Mistaken for Handgun, Juvenile Cuffed Then Released

Norton Police Department issue press release justifying actions.

After handcuffing a young male who appeared to be breaking into a house with a handgun Monday, police released the juvenile when they discovered he had a pellet gun.

At 4 p.m., Norton Police Department received a call from a resident who observed what she described as a male jumping over a fence holding a gun.  The caller remained on the telephone with dispatchers while officers responded to the area. 

The caller described the male and further stated that he appeared to be attempting to gain access to a rear door of a residence on Edward Street, but then repeatedly returned to the wooded area behind the house, while hiding behind a tree. The caller then described the male as pointing the gun toward a house.

 Officers arrived on scene and located the male subject. Officers observed the male holding what appeared to be a black handgun. Officers approached the male, placing him in handcuffs. Officers then discovered the male was a 15 year old juvenile who was holding a black pellet gun. He was on his own property at the time. Officers subsequently released the male and discussed the incident with him and his parents. No charges were filed in the incident.

"The Norton Police Department acknowledges that the officers reacted appropriately and the response was adequate," said Lieutenant Todd Jackson in a press release. "The fact that a recent housebreak occurred in this area, along with the alarm of the neighbor who called police, justified the response by police as serious in nature."

Bobby January 19, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Sale or Provision of Pellet Guns to Minors According to Massachusetts General Law Part IV, Title 1, Chapter 269, Section 12A, no one may sell a pellet gun to a minor under the age of 18. No one who is not his parent, guardian, teacher or instructor may furnish a minor with a pellet gun. The punishment is a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $200 or imprisonment for not more than six months. Possession by Minors Section 12B forbids a minor from carrying a pellet gun in any place of public access unless he is accompanied by an adult or has a sporting or hunting license and has a permit from the chief of police of his town of residence granting him the right to carry it. The minor may discharge the gun when accompanied by an adult or when he has a sporting or hunting license. General Use No one is allowed to discharge a pellet gun in public areas. Section 12B makes clear that this includes shooting "from or across any street, alley, public way or railroad or railway right of way." Whoever violates Section 12B will be fined not more than $100 and the gun will be confiscated and disposed of by the colonel of the state police. Read more: Pellet Gun Regulations in Massachusetts | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/facts_7614514_pellet-gun-regulations-massachusetts.html#ixzz2IRgDKBzt
Bobby January 19, 2013 at 06:00 PM
Police acted within there own safety. Parents & Uncle should be charged folks.

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