Teen arrested after gun he threw discharged in downtown Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Police arrested a wanted 14-year-old boy outside of the Shops at Grand Ave. in downtown Milwaukee on Thursday, January 16th.

Officials tell FOX6 News the teen was outside of the mall around 11 a.m. when officers approached him to find out why he wasn't in school. Officials say the teen, who was armed at the time, threw a revolver. It was driven over by a passing vehicle, causing one round to be fired from the weapon. No one was struck by the bullet.

"The cops had the street barricaded from 4th Street on back here to around 2nd. Barricades up, you couldn't get through. It was just shut down," James Valentine said.

In addition to having open warrants for several crimes including burglary and auto theft, the teen is a suspect in an armed robbery and wanted as a runaway from a group home.

The boy faces possible charges of resisting and possession of a dangerous weapon by a child.

"It's a blessing that the 14-year-old didn't pull it on the cops and try to use it. It's a blessing no one got hit when the gun went off," Valentine said.

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