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Tuesday, July 23, 2024

16-year-old hides rifle under his shirt while fleeing Marion deputies

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at a local Family Dollar store after he fled from Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies while concealing a rifle under his shirt.

On Monday, June 17, an MCSO deputy observed a white car that was speeding, and it also had an inoperable brake light and a “suspected window tint violation,” according to the sheriff’s office.

The driver of the car attempted to evade the deputy and quickly stopped in front of a Family Dollar store in Silver Springs Shores. MCSO stated that a 16-year-old passenger then exited the vehicle and ran inside the store.

An MCSO deputy pursuing the teen passenger who fled inside a Family Dollar Store in Silver Springs Shores on June 17, 2024. (Photos: Marion County Sheriff's Office)
An MCSO deputy pursuing the teen passenger who fled inside a Family Dollar Store in Silver Springs Shores on June 17, 2024. (Photos: Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

The deputy ran into the store and quickly located the 16-year-old boy. A rifle was observed under his shirt, and the deputy secured the firearm after a brief struggle.

An MCSO deputy grabbing the rifle that was concealed under the 16-year-old boy's shirt. (Photos: Marion County Sheriff's Office)
An MCSO deputy grabbing the rifle that was concealed under the 16-year-old boy’s shirt. (Photos: Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

After seizing the rifle, the deputy detained the teen in handcuffs.

16 year old hides rifle under his shirt while fleeing Marion deputies
An MCSO deputy securing the 16-year-old boy in handcuffs. (Photo: Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

During an interior search of the vehicle that the 16-year-old had been riding in prior to the incident inside the store, deputies located drugs that appeared to be packaged for sale, according to MCSO.

The 16-year-old, who is considered a delinquent felon under Florida law, was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail. He is currently being held at the jail without bond, and the sheriff’s office states that he is facing several felony charges related to this incident.

No further details were provided by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office regarding the incident or the driver of the car.