17-year-Old Arrested After Officer Involved Shooting
A teenager was arrested early Sunday morning after officials with the North Port Police Department say he fired shots at one of their officers.
At 3:30 a.m., police were called to the 2600 block of Roxbury Circle in North Port after someone called and said they had heard gunshots coming from the road outside of that party.
As they arrived, officers saw a man – later identified as 17-year-old LeRon Hagins – standing on the sidewalk.
They say they identified themselves as police officers and repeatedly asked to see his hands.
That’s when, the officers say, Hagins fired at Sgt. Eric Stender and another officer. And according to the report, Sgt. Stender then fired back.
“He just randomly started shooting,” said 17-year-old Aahleyiaa McGowan, who was having the party inside her home. “I was scared.”
“The police officer tells the guy, ‘What do you have in your hand?’ The guy said, ‘F-you,'” added McGowan’s mom.
Hagins then ran off, but was found shortly after and was arrested and charged with two counts of Attempted Murder of a Police Officer.
At the time of the arrest, Hagins did not have a firearm in his possession.
No injuries were sustained as a result of this incident as neither the officer nor the suspect was struck during the exchange of gunfire.