Police arrested a 17-year-old St. Paul boy on Tuesday after they say he tried to pull two different guns on St. Paul officers.
The St. Paul Police Department (SPPD) in a Facebook post on Wednesday provided its account of what happened and asked people to call the police if they know anyone who is illegally carrying guns.
According to police and the criminal complaint, officers responded to the 600 block of Case Avenue at about 5:48 p.m. Tuesday after a 911 caller reported two vehicles chasing each other and speeding through alleys.
Police located a silver Chevy Malibu without license plates the 911 caller described, and when police pulled up, there were four males in ski masks standing nearby, charges said. Three of the four people "took off running" and the fourth, the 17-year-old boy, stayed near the vehicle.
"The driver of the Malibu rolled up his window. Another male nonchalantly leaned on the car until officers approached and noticed the outline of a gun and an extended magazine in his sweatshirt pocket," police said in the Facebook post. "The officers reached for him, and he tried to run."
SPPD says when the officers grabbed the suspect, the gun fell out of his sweatshirt and onto the ground.
"As officers were attempt to place [the teenager's] arms behind his back, [the teenager] was able to get his right hand in his right sweatshirt pocket and pull out a silver revolver," the charges said. "Officers were able to gain control of the revolver and get it away from [the teenager.]"
The teen "continued to resist arrest by kicking and grabbing at an officer's duty belt," the charges said.
The officer and the suspect ended up on the ground, with one officer attempting to get the teen's arms behind his back while another officer watched at the guns on the ground to ensure no one else picked them up, police said.
Police said the suspect resisted arrest and 3 minutes later, police "safely restrained" the suspect.
Both of the guns, which were loaded with one round in each chamber, were secured. The charges say the silver revolver was a Ruger SP101, .357 caliber and the other was a Taurus G2C, 9mm with an extended magazine with an "unknown amount of live rounds."
The SPPD used this as an example of the "problem with young people making bad decisions" in the city.
"We got lucky last night ... nobody got shot, nobody got hurt," the SPPD said Wednesday.
So far this year, the SPPD has recovered 480 guns, including the two guns seized on Tuesday, noting that 164 people have been struck by gunfire in St. Paul in 2021.
The 17-year-old boy on Wednesday was charged in Ramsey County District Court with two counts of possession of a firearm and one count of obstructing the legal process.
He is ineligible to possess a gun after being adjudicated delinquent for "multiple crimes of violence," including second-degree burglary and two counts of first-degree burglary dating back to December 2020, charges state.
SPPD said the teenager has been arrested in St. Paul seven times since April 2020.
Note: Some of the details provided in this story are based on the police’s latest version of events, and may be subject to change.