Saturday December 29, 2012

BELLOWS FALLS -- A village teenager faces charges of reckless endangerment and possession of stolen property after allegedly discharging a firearm in his bedroom on Christmas.

The 15-year-old Bellows Falls male will be tried in juvenile court, though all proceedings are confidential, according to Susan Kay in the Vermont State's Attorneys Office.

Though he would not release any names, Bellows Falls Police Sgt. Shane Harris said he responded to Williams Street Ext. at approximately 4:30 p.m. Tuesday on a report that a juvenile male had fired a handgun in his bedroom. Harris said he arrived at the scene and spoke with the suspect, whom he said he has encountered numerous times previously. No one was injured.

Harris said he recovered the firearm, which had been had been removed from the bedroom and brought the young man back to the police department for processing. He said he later determined the juvenile had stolen the firearm from his respite worker the weekend before Christmas. The call to police was made by the boy's grandmother.

Harris said the situation had a happy ending because there were no causalities.

"It's fortunate that it worked out the way it did," he said. "It certainly could have been a lot worse."

Domenic Poli can be reached at dpoli@reformer.com, or 802-254-2311, ext. 277.