Santa Paula teen arrested on suspicion of firing handgun at police

Ventura County Star | June 30, 2012

A Santa Paula teenager was arrested Saturday morning on suspicion of firing a handgun at two police officers who tried to contact him after he apparently impeded traffic, authorities said.

Patrol officers tried to stop a 17-year-old boy about 11:45 p.m. Friday after he apparently walked across a street while the traffic signal was red, interim Santa Paula police chief Ismael Cordero said.

Two officers in a vehicle pulled into the parking lot of the Tresierras shopping center to talk to the boy when he allegedly produced a handgun and fired shots at the officers, Cordero said.

The officer behind the wheel returned fire, while the other officer ducked for cover, Cordero said. The suspect was shot in the hand and fled the scene, Cordero said.

Neither police officer was injured in the incident despite initial reports, authorities said.

After searching for the suspect for about two hours, police found and arrested the teenager outside an apartment complex in the 100 block of Santa Anna Street, Cordero said.

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Photo credit: Troy Harvey, Ventura County Star

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