A report of three teenagers walking on railroad tracks and firing weapons prompted a large police response and brief foot pursuit Wednesday, Bellmead police Sgt. Kory Martin said.
Bellmead police were notified of three people walking on railroad tracks behind the 500 block of North Loop 340 at about 11:30 a.m., and a witness reported hearing gunshots from the area, Martin said. Police found the group a short time later near Air Base Road and Loop 340, he said.
Martin said no one in the group pointed a weapon at officers, but because of reports indicating they may be armed, officers approached the group with guns drawn.
Two of the three teens in the group, Roberto Gonzales, 17, and Kenneth Ramsay, 18, immediately complied with officers and were taken into custody, he said. The third person in the group, a 16-year-old boy, ran from officers, Martin said.
"Officers pursued him and immediately called for assistance from outside agencies," he said.
Officers found a .40-caliber pistol in the possession of Ramsay and collected it as evidence, Martin said.
Officers pursued the 16-year-old as additional agencies helped form a perimeter, Martin said. A group of Bellmead detectives found the boy and took him into custody without incident near Barlow and Hatcher streets.
"Once they got him into custody, they located a magazine loaded with .22-caliber ammunition on his person," Martin said.
Because of emergency circumstances with a weapon left behind, officers were able to question the boy, who cooperated in helping them locate the gun he had thrown during the pursuit, Martin said.
Gonzales did not have a weapon on him at the time of the incident, he said.
Martin said police had to notify railroad crews about the incident and temporarily stop any possible train traffic from coming through the area.
The 16-year-old was taken to juvenile custody on a charge of unlawful carry of a weapon and evading arrest, both Class A misdemeanors. Ramsay was arrested on a Class A misdemeanor charge of unlawful carry of a weapon, and Gonzales was issued a citation for interference with railroad property.
Bond information was not immediately available for Ramsay.