Bridgeport PD: 15-year-old in stolen vehicle had loaded gun
BRIDGEPORT — A 15-year-old boy was arrested earlier this week after being caught with a loaded firearm in a stolen car, according to police.
Around 3 p.m. Tuesday, Bridgeport Police Task Force officers were working in the area of the East End and the P.T. Barnum housing complex because of some recent drive-by shootings.
Police said officers had previously been told that East End and P.T. “gang members were utilizing stolen autos to conduct drive-by shootings” in the area of Trumbull Avenue and the Greene Homes housing complex.
Based on that information, task force officers were working in the area to recover stolen vehicle and arrest gang members using them, police said.
Soon after, around 3:15 p.m., task force officers saw a 15-year-old boy get into a black Range Rover on Carrol Court. The vehicle, police said, was listed as stolen.
Officers followed the Range Rover until other units were able to provide cover and allow the officers to make a motor vehicle stop. The driver pulled over on Central Avenue, just before Deacon Street.
During the motor vehicle stop, officers saw the 15-year-old driver throw a gun somewhere within the vehicle, police said.
In the stolen Range Rover, which was taken from another town with a key fob, officers found a 22-caliber revolver with eight live rounds and one spent round in the chamber.
The juvenile, who was not identified because of his age, was arrested and issued a summons before being turned over into his mother’s custody, police said.