On Friday, May 17, 2013 at 11:45 p.m. Officers with the Fort Myers Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a violation of state statute. During the traffic stop, the front passenger, a juvenile, was acting suspicious and extremely nervous so he was asked to get out of the car. The 17-year old hesitated to move at all. He then unbuckled his seat belt, opened the passenger side door and attempted to exit the car by slowly sliding off the seat. At that time, officers observed a gun fall from underneath the young man’s upper thigh and land on the road. The officer quickly detained him and secured the firearm. Two other people in the car were also detained. The semi-automatic Glock 23 .40 caliber handgun had a fully loaded magazine with eleven rounds and one in the chamber. A check of the firearm’s serial number revealed that it had been stolen from the Tampa area back in February. In addition, the youth was accompanied by another young man who has prior arrests that include gun charges, robbery and homicide.
Chief Doug Baker praises the progressive efforts by officers. “Too often we have seen a similar set of circumstances lead to acts of violence, serious injuries or death. The extra steps taken by my officers to ensure the safety of this youth and citizens are commended. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Police arrested the juvenile for carrying a concealed firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm by a minor. The juvenile was also issued a youth protection ordinance violation for being out past curfew.
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