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Boy, 16, with semi-automatic handgun arrested by Santa Rosa police

Santa Rosa police responding to a report of a possible gang fight early Monday arrested a 16-year-old boy with a semi-automatic handgun.

Around 2 a.m., officers responded to a 911 call reporting someone with a handgun in the area of West Ninth Street and Link Lane, according to a prepared statement from police.

Police then saw a truck matching the description of a vehicle reported by the caller. After initiating a traffic stop, an officer detained four “subjects,” according to the statement. One of them, a 16-year-old boy, was found to be carrying a concealed firearm in his waistband.

The boy was taken into custody without incident, Santa Rosa police Sgt. Chris Mahurin said.

During the coronavirus pandemic, most juvenile offenders have been released to the custody of parents or guardians, Mahurin said.

In this case, because of the type of crime, the suspect was booked into Juvenile Hall on suspicion of possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a minor and carrying a concealed firearm.

You can reach Staff Writer Austin Murphy at 707-521-5214 or austin.murphy@pressdemocrat.com or on Twitter @ausmurph88.

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