Fresno police arrested Will Ortiz, 20, Wednesday night on charges of firing a possibly stolen pistol in public near downtown Fresno.
Police Sgt. Steven Jaquez said officers Ryan Stockdale and Michael Hernandez were near East Clark Street and North McKenzie Avenues about 9 p.m. when they heard gunshots. A witness indicated the direction the suspects fled, and after following two, Stockdale cornered Ortiz and saw him toss what turned out to be the gun over a fence. After Stockdale arrested Ortiz, officers found a loaded 9 mm Walther with the serial numbers removed.
Ortiz was booked into Fresno County Jail on additional charges of resisting arrest and providing false information to officers.
Fresno police offer a $500 reward for information leading to arrests of felons armed with firearms. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP.