MPD arrests teen after shots fired at officers

A Lee County teenager is facing numerous felony charges after allegedly firing a gun at Marianna Police officers as he attempted to flee early Monday morning.

According to MPD Chief Martin Wilson, about 2:30 a.m., officers observed a black male walking along the street in the area of Martin Luther King and Montgomery streets. Wilson said that when the subject, a 16-year-old, saw police, he took off running, and in the process, the officer saw him drop a handgun. The subject reportedly picked the gun up, fired two to three shots toward officers and led them on a foot chase through several yards, jumping fences in the process, before the officers lost sight of him.

The department’s K-9, Joker, joined the pursuit and later found the suspect hiding behind tires at a shop on Louisiana Street. Wilson said the juvenile briefly resisted arrest before surrendering after he was bitten on the leg by the K-9.

Upon taking the juvenile into custody, officers found four ounces of marijuana in his pocket, along with the 9mm handgun, according to Wilson. Police later determined the handgun had been stolen.

The juvenile is facing charges of attempted capital murder, aggravated assault, fleeing, possession of a controlled substance, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, tampering with physical evidence and theft of a firearm. Wilson said he expects the juvenile to be tried as an adult on the charges, but was not prepared to release the teenager’s name at press time.