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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A 15-year-old boy was arrested last week at a Juneteenth event in Sarasota after officers discovered he had a gun, according to a release from the Sarasota Police Department.

He was accused of fleeing from police when they approached a group of teenagers, some of whom were reportedly wearing ski masks, at the June 22 event near the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Dixie Avenue.

An officer used a taser to stop him. They found a loaded .40 gun in his underwear, which police alleged was stolen from a locked vehicle in Sarasota County three years ago.

The 15-year-old was charged with resisting without violence, possession of a firearm by a felony delinquent, carrying a concealed firearm, possession of a firearm by a minor (second offense) and a probation violation.

“Our officers potentially prevented a tragic incident and saved lives by their swift and decisive actions. Ensuring the safety of our community, especially during significant celebrations like Juneteenth, remains our top priority,” Chief Rex Troche said in a statement. “The presence of kids with guns is unacceptable, and our officers will work tirelessly to recover firearms from children and keep our city safe.”

Anyone with information about stolen firearms, juveniles in possession of weapons, or other crimes is asked to call the Sarasota police non-emergency line at 941-316-1199 or report anonymously to CrimeStoppers at 941-366-TIPS, or online at the Sarasota Crime Stoppers website. Tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.