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Missing Police Firearm at Fresno City College

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Photo by: Jesus Herrera
Parking structure at Fresno City College off of Weldon Avenue, formerly known as parking lot S, where the alleged firearm went missing on Aug. 17, 2023. Photo taken on Aug. 18, 2023.

Campus police are now searching for a service gun lost during the pursuit of two teenagers who were arrested Wednesday night near Fresno City College by State Center Community College District Police.

According to SCCCD Police Chief Jose Flores, while in pursuit of one of the teenagers a police sergeant fell, breaking their leg holster near the parking structure off Weldon Avenue. Flores confirmed that the firearm that was in the holster has not been found.

“The holster system was damaged because it released a portion of it and the gun,” Flores said. “It was caused by the fall.”  

Flores said after the fall the sergeant stayed in pursuit and was able to catch and arrest the suspect in the same parking lot.

After arresting the suspect, the sergeant realized their gun was missing and several officers went back to the location to search for the firearm. There are no known injuries.

The incident began when at least three teenagers, who were already being pursued by the Fresno Police Department, crashed a stolen car. After the accident, two of the juveniles fled towards FCC, at which point SCCCD police joined in the pursuit.

According to Chief Flores most of the juveniles were arrested by the FPD.

Flores said the juvenile had already been running for a quarter of a mile after the crash. 

Along with the holster, the sergeant’s body camera was destroyed by the fall.

There is no evidence of the lost pistol but if any member of the public finds this weapon, it can be returned with no questions asked by calling SCCCD PD dispatch at 559.244.6140.

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Josiah Poynter, Managing Editor
Josiah Poynter is a 21-year-old journalism major in his fourth semester at Fresno City College and his third in the Rampage. He was born and raised in Camarillo, CA (go PVCS Lions) but has lived in Chicago and now lives in Fresno. Josiah previously held the positions of both the Entertainment and Sports Editor and is now the Managing Editor. He loves journalism and has excelled at writing, even winning a writing contest in second grade against high school students. He has been a part of a newsroom since 2020 going all the way back to his high school in Downers Grove, IL. Moving forward into the future, Josiah knows journalism is calling. He takes pride in knowing his voice and his writing can shape the news landscape and be the voice for people for many years to come. He wants to do something like political reporting, courtroom reporting, or taking on bigger issues that affect local communities but is ultimately unsure where journalism will take him. When he’s not in the newsroom, Josiah is enjoying life and taking it easy as he sees no need to rush when the world has so much to enjoy. He takes one day at a time and prefers relaxing and going out with friends than anything. Some of his hobbies include watching movies (especially those up for award-season), being a nerd about things whether it be comic book media or breaking down the ins and outs of sports, and constantly trying to convince his girlfriend he’s Batman.  
Christianna Schiotis, News Editor
Christianna Schiotis is an 18-year-old who loves the color pink and dinosaurs; paired with that she has childish humor and enjoys a good joke. She graduated in 2023 from Sanger High School with plenty of merit and awards. She graduated with California Scholarship Federation (CSF) and a State Seal of Civic Engagement. She has made it clear that just because she is young, do not underestimate her. This is Schiotis’s second semester with the Rampage; this semester she is fulfilling the News Editor role. Schiotis was in journalism classes for two of her high school years. In her first year, she was the Photo Editor. Also in her first year, she was in charge of her school's Arts and Literary magazine, which got tenth in the nation at NSPA’s journalism conference. For her Senior year, she was her high school’s newspaper's Editor in Chief, where she led a group of 23 students. During her time, she made her mark and her story got third in the nation. She was ecstatic and will forever brag about it. She is also very thankful for the experience and the amazing staff she had. On top of that, she fell in love with photography. She entered many competitions and even opened her own small photography business. One of her pictures got first place in its division at the Fresno Fairs Junior Art Exhibit. She currently shoots with a Canon R6 and a 24-105mm lens. Schiotis also has her own pets who she spoils- her cat Mocha and puppy Azura. She loves to spend time with her best friend of eight years and her boyfriend of four years. She grew up in Fresno with her three siblings, all younger than her. She is going to do something in the journalism field, but doesn’t know what yet.  
Jesus Herrera, Editor-in-Chief
Jesus Herrera is the Editor in Chief at The Rampage for the spring 2024 semester at Fresno City College. This will be his fourth and final semester on the team. While also fulfilling his duties as EIC, Jesus still plans on growing his writing and photography skills throughout the semester. Born and raised in Fresno Jesus grew up on shows like Avatar: The Last Airbender, Spectacular Spider-man, and Justice League. These started his love for storytelling of all kinds and are the foundation of his belief that a story can have a huge impact on someone's life. To this day he is a big comic and manga fan with his current favorites being Kaiju No.8 and Invincible. Jesus has been going to Fresno City since 2019 but started his journalism major fall of 2022. He has also studied film and American sign language at Fresno City College with the ladder being his major prior to 2020.

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