Arrested teen fugitive fires hidden handgun in holding cell

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - On Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 12:22 a.m., Tyler Police and Smith County Pct. One Constables responded to the Smith County Juvenile Attention Center located at 2630 Morningside Drive in reference to a shots fired call.

Responding officers gained entry into the building and confronted a 16-year-old, B/M, juvenile from Kansas City, Missouri in a secured hallway within the facility.  The juvenile had a gun to his head attempting to get officers to shoot him.  Officers on the scene were able to convince him to put the gun down after talking him down.

Around 9 p.m., Friday night, Tyler Police received information that the juvenile was on a bus from Kansas City, Missouri to Tyler, Texas and he had outstanding warrants.  The juvenile is wanted for assault, failure to appear, and runaway.  Officers contacted the juvenile on the bus at the bus station in Tyler and took him into custody.

Officers transported him to the Tyler Police Department and then to the Smith County Juvenile Attention Center.  While the juvenile was being held in a secured intake room in the facility the juvenile gained access to his personal duffel bag that contained a handgun hidden in his clothing.  The juvenile removed the handgun from the bag and fired several shots within the intake holding room.  The intake officer took cover and was not struck by the gunfire.  No juveniles housed in the facility were in any danger during the incident.  The juvenile had been searched at the time of the arrest; however his bag was not searched prior to being placed into the trunk of the patrol vehicle.

The juvenile was transported to East Texas Medical Center for minor injuries he sustained by cut glass during the incident.  He was treated and released back into the custody of officers.

The juvenile was charged with Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant, Possessing a Deadly Weapon in a Penal Institution, Possession of Controlled Substance Marijuana, and Directive to Apprehend from Missouri.

The officers names involved in this incident are not being released at this time.  This incident is still under investigation.

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