The Herald Bulletin

July 9, 2013

Police: Teen accidentally fired gun, tried to escape

By Jack Molitor
The Herald Bulletin

---- — ANDERSON — A teenager is in custody after he allegedly accidentally fired a gun inside a home and ran from police on Tuesday afternoon.

Jesse Waymire, 19, of Anderson, faces charges of illegal possession of a firearm and resisting law enforcement after the incident which happened in the 100 block of Sixth Street at about 1:30 p.m.

According to Anderson Police Department spokesman Joel Sandefur, Waymire was visiting the home of an acquaintance when he allegedly fired a round from a Glock .45-caliber handgun into a closet.

The discharge was apparently an accident, but it angered the home's residents, who called 911 and chased Waymire from the home. When police arrived to investigate, they found the teen on a bicycle outside the home and a chase ensued.

Sandefur said officers chased the suspect to Third Street, where he was forced to jump off the bike and throw the handgun. A short foot race followed and an officer finally stopped the teen in an alley in the 1100 block of Third Street. Police eventually recovered the discarded gun and found an ammunition magazine in Waymire's possession, Sandefur said.

Pending further investigation, more charges could be filed against Waymire, Sandefur said.

"We're still looking into the gun. This is a pretty expensive handgun and we don't know who it belongs to yet. It's possible it was stolen," Sandefur said.

Sandefur said Waymire has had several recent run-ins with law enforcement, but no felony convictions. According to public records, he has pending charges of receiving stolen property, using a vehicle to resist law enforcement and operating a vehicle without a license for an incident in January. He has also been arrested three times for possession of marijuana in the past six months.

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