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Cortez police arrest juvenile on suspicion of gun offenses

Incident occurred in Veterans Park in Cortez

A 14-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday night in Cortez after allegedly threatening a man with a gun in Veterans Park, according to police.

Cortez Police Department officers responded to a call at 10:22 p.m. regarding a fight in the park involving a firearm. They found people running from the scene and stopped and questioned several of them.

A juvenile was detained, and a search revealed a handgun in his front waistband, according to the police report.

After checking the serial number, a Cortez dispatcher informed the officer that the gun had been reported stolen from a Cortez residence weeks earlier.

According to the incident report, a group of people were walking through Veterans Park after skateboarding and said they were harassed by the juvenile and another person, who wanted to fight.

The report states a witness told police the juvenile pulled a handgun from his waistband, “pointed the gun at him” and threatened to shoot him.

Nobody was injured, and no shots were fired, said Assistant Police Chief Andy Brock.

The juvenile told police that someone had threatened to fight him.

He met with his mother and grandmother at the Cortez police station. He was arrested on suspicion of menacing, theft, carrying a concealed weapon, prohibited use of a firearm and possession of a handgun by a juvenile, according to the police incident report.

He was taken to the Grand Mesa Youth Detention Center in Grand Junction. Because he is a juvenile, his name was not released.