By MELINDA WILLIAMS
Two Pulaski residents were arrested during the early morning hours Friday after they allegedly were randomly discharging a firearm in the southwest section of the town of Pulaski.
Police said Joshua Locke, 26, and a 17-year-old juvenile were taken into custody after tactical officers from Pulaski Police Department and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office made entry into a home in the 100 block of Sixth Street SW.
According to Capt. Anthony C. Meredith, police received a 911 call just before 2 a.m. Friday reporting shots being fired in the southwest area of town. Responding officers heard “multiple” shots in the area of Sixth Street and Upland Drive.
Officers from Virginia State Police responded to assist officers from Pulaski PD and the sheriff’s department in setting up a perimeter in the area so they could establish the location of the shooting. Tactical teams were called to the scene as well.
Based on information gathered from neighborhood residents and responding officers, the tactical teams secured the Sixth Street residence where the shots originated.
Meredith said officers attempted to establish communication with the individuals inside the residence, but the suspects “refused to acknowledge” their efforts. At that point officers made entry into the home and took the two suspects into custody.
Officers allegedly found a 9 mm handgun, “multiple spent cartridge casings” and live rounds of ammunition from the residence, said Meredith.
He added, “The individuals reportedly were discharging the firearm in front of the residence putting numerous other households in the immediate area in jeopardy. Alcohol use was a factor in the incident.”
No one was injured and no damages were reported from the gunfire.
Locke is being held in New River Valley Regional Jail on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and reckless endangerment with a firearm, according to Meredith. He said petitions for similar charges are pending for the juvenile.