City police arrested a Stanley Street teenager late Tuesday and charged him with firing a gun and wearing an illegal bulletproof vest.
Markese R. Jones, 18, is accused of firing a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun just after 10 p.m. at Forest Road and Main Avenue.
The shot did not appear to hit anything, but an officer in the area heard it and zeroed in on Jones and two other teens, police department spokesman Sgt. Eric Clifford said.
Two teens had weapons on them, the third was believed to have ditched one nearby, Clifford said.
But when police were checking the teens, they also discovered Jones wearing a soft-shell body vest, essentially a bulletproof vest, Clifford said.
Jones faces a felony weapons possession count and unlawfully wearing a bulletproof vest, in itself a felony.
Clifford said today such vests are more common elsewhere, but they are beginning to be seen around here.
Such vests carry obvious connotations, leading to felony level charges for possessing them, Clifford said.
“If you’re wearing a vest you either consider yourself a target, or you expect somebody may be shooting back at you,” Clifford said.