Teen facing charges after accused of pulling out gun during fight in Wytheville

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WYTHEVILLE, VA. (WFXR) — After an off-duty cop helped break up a fight at a Wytheville Thursday night, police ended up taking a teenage boy into custody for multiple charges, including possession of a firearm.

The Wytheville Police Department says officers responded to a report of a fight in progress at the Sonic Drive-In at 790 East Main Street shortly after 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18.

When police arrived at the drive-in, the people involved in the fight reportedly split up and left the scene. However, officers discovered that the fight was a domestic incident involving a Sonic employee.

During the fight, the department says a 17-year-old boy pulled out a firearm. However, an off-duty police officer from out of town happened to be at the scene and identified himself as an off-duty cop.

The individuals then ran away, got into a vehicle in the church parking lot next door, and left the scene.

Officers patrolled the area and found the vehicle — along with the people who were at Sonic, as well as a loaded firearm — at a Wytheville residence.

The 17-year-old was then arrested and taken before juvenile intake.

According to police, the teenager was committed to the Highlands Juvenile Detention Center in Bristol and charged with the following offenses:

  • Underage possession of a firearm
  • Brandishing a firearm
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Underage possession of tobacco/vape products

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