Sacramento police have released the identities of three suspects who were arrested early Friday evening in the South Natomas area on suspicion of firearms offenses, firing a weapon while running from police officers and other charges.
They are Josiah Jones, 18; Elondre Green, 20; and Treneil Joseph, 23. Jones accidentally shot himself in the leg during the incident, police said.
Police initially reported that at least two of the suspects were facing weapons charges, but ultimately three were taken into custody.
As part of their “proactive policing” program, officers approached a group of seven people in their late teens and early 20s standing on a sidewalk in a residential neighborhood in the 2700 block of Stonecreek Drive. During the ensuing conversation, a gun fell out of Green’s pocket and he was immediately subdued.
Suddenly, Jones took off running through a neighboring apartment complex and beyond. While in pursuit, police heard a single gunshot while Jones was out of sight. They soon discovered Jones hiding nearby, and also found a handgun in the area, believed to be the one fired by Jones.
All seven suspects were transported to police headquarters for questioning, which led to the arrest of the trio.
During questioning, Jones displayed significant discomfort in his right leg, explaining he had injured it while fleeing from police. Skeptical detectives inspected the inside of a pants pocket, and saw signs that indicated Jones’ gun had discharged while inside his pocket, the bullet striking his leg. He was taken to a hospital and treated for a “self-inflected non-life-threatening injury” and then booked into jail
Among the charges against him are multiple weapons violations, gang enhancement charges and discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner.
Green has been charged with multiple weapons violations that include possession of stolen property, as the gun he dropped was reported stolen. Joseph was booked for parole violation.
Narcotics were found during a search of the the area where the subjects were detained, and booked as evidence.
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