Juveniles arrested in gang-related crime with stolen handgun

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Two juveniles have been arrested by Minden Police in a shots fired call.

Chief Jared McIver said around 6 p.m. Thursday, officers were called to the area around Marion and Stone streets for the shooting incident. No individuals were struck.

“It actually occurred on Evans,” he said. “Lt. Brandon Curry, Sgt. Shawn Griffith, Sgt. Anthony Miller, Ofc. Logan Clingan and Off. Cadyn O’Connor were able to get clothing descriptions of two teen age males who were allegedly involved. An officer spotted one of them and a foot pursuit ensued.”

One of the juveniles reportedly tried during the chase to dispose of a 9 mm handgun.

“They were able to take them both into custody and recover the firearm which had been reported as stolen,” said the chief. “The two are around 15 to 16 years old and had gotten into an argument with a third party. We believe this was in retaliation to that.”

While no persons were injured, a vehicle was struck four times and a residence was struck twice, according to reports.

McIver said his officers feel sure the incident was gang-related.

“This is the CHS (Cold Hearted Steppas) gang,” he said. “They are young.”

The investigation continues and more arrests may be forthcoming.

The chief said it was a quick response by his officers.

“To have the shots fired, be in the area and to get the gun and the suspects that quickly … it was outstanding police work,” McIver said. “These kids are breaking into vehicles to get these guns. The biggest issue we have with these thefts is people not locking their cars and leaving them open to opportunists.”

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