Two Joshua Tree teens arrested for firing pellet gun at police


Two Joshua Tree teenage boys were arrested after police say they shot a pellet gun at a deputies on Wednesday night.

A deputy was called to Sunburst Avenue about 10:20 pm for a report of shots being fired at a residence. As the deputy was speaking with the resident, they heard additional shots being fired and hitting the trailer, according to a news release.

The deputy requested backup and took cover along with the resident behind the home. Shots continued to be fired at the pair and a hand-held spotlight the deputy used to try to spot the shooter was fired upon.

Additional deputies arrived, spotted the shooter, and ordered him to drop the rifle. An officer-involved shooting occurred and two suspects fled.

A foot pursuit ensued. One suspect was apprehended in a nearby apartment complex carrying a backpack that contained a high-powered .177-barrel break pellet gun. A second suspect made it into an apartment and was taken into custody a short time later.

Deputies located a second backpack with rifle pellets in it.

The two boys, ages 15 and 17, were booked on investigation of assault with a deadly weapon. Their names were not released.

No one was injured.