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Man arrested on gun charges

December 19, 2016

MT. VERNON – The Mt. Vernon Police Department took a city man into custody on gun charges after a brief foot pursuit Friday.

William Ballard, 18, of the 2500 block of Casey Avenue, was booked into the Jefferson County Justice Center at 9:53 p.m. Friday on charges of unlawful use of a weapon, reckless discharge of a firearm, possession of a firearm without a FOID card and resisting arrest.

According to MVPD logs, officers responded at 9:25 p.m. Friday to a report of a single gunshot in the 2500 block of Casey Avenue. While checking the area officers attempted to make contact with Ballard, who allegedly fled on foot towards Veterans Park and was taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit.

According to an MVPD news release, officers located a loaded handgun during the investigation.

Ballard’s bond has not been set at this time.

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