17-year-old arrested on suspicion of owning defaced handgun

Friday, June 13, 2008 | 12:33 p.m. CDT; updated 6:13 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

COLUMBIA ­­— Jermaine M. Burnett, 17, of Columbia was arrested on suspicion of owning a defaced handgun Friday. No one was injured in the incident, which began with a reported disturbance in the 1000 block of North Eighth Street.

The suspect had allegedly threatened someone with a handgun and was still on the scene when police arrived, a news release from the Columbia Police Department said. No arrests were made in regard to the disturbance.

According to the release, a search of the suspect’s residence yielded a 9 mm handgun and several boxes of ammunition in the suspect’s bedroom. Closer examination of the handgun revealed that the serial numbers had been defaced and were not legible.

Burnett is being held on $500 bond.

The incident remains under investigation.

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