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Juvenile charged with handgun

Greenville Police Officers made their first arrests of the New Year inside the first hour.

Arrested were two individuals

for firearm charges, one was a juvenile.

"Our officers responded to a report of shots fired' in the area of West Commerce Street, near downtown, just after midnight on Jan. 1," said Greenville Police Chief Lonzo Ingram. "Officers made contact with two subjects walking on West Commerce Street, near Oliver Street, and stopped them for a field contact."

It was during the first minute of this contact Ingram said, that officers found that the pair were both carrying firearms. "The officers performed pat-downs to check the subjects for weapons, for their own safety," Ingram said. "That was when they found that both subjects were carrying concealed firearms on their persons."

"One subject, Kitrick O'Neal Johnson, age 18 of King Street, was carrying a 9 mm. handgun, and the other, a 15-year-old juvenile, was carrying a .45 caliber handgun."

Ingram said that both subjects were arrested at 53 minutes after midnight. "The 18-year-old was taken to the Butler County Jail, and booked for carrying a pistol without a license," Ingram said. "The juvenile was taken to headquarters, where he was processed and released in his parent's custody."