Officers arrested a teen suspected of taking a gun that was thrown from the window of a passing car in Santa Cruz Thursday night, police said. Police responded to the area near West Cliff Drive and Sacramento Avenue at around 7 p.m. after receiving reports of a vehicle with bullet holes and a flat tire that was driving recklessly in the area.
Responding officers learned that a firearm was thrown from the vehicle and a man walking in the area reportedly took it, police said. The man was last seen heading northbound on Stockton Avenue. Officers spotted Derek Bodiford, 19, in the area and he matched the suspect’s description, according to police. Bodiford allegedly ran from officers into the back of a school in the 200 block of Swift Street, police said.
Officers received assistance from a K-9 unit, State Parks officials and the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office to establish a perimeter around the school. Police said Bodiford attempted to leave the school grounds by a back gate onto Merced Avenue and was detained by authorities.
Bodiford was arrested on suspicion of possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm within a school zone, resisting arrest and being a minor in possession of alcohol. A search of the school grounds and surrounding area was conducted but police did not recover the firearm. Police contacted nearby residents and school officials about the missing firearm, which is described as a silver semi-automatic firearm with black grips.
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