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Missing Police Firearm at Fresno City College

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, Sports Editor
Josiah Poynter is a 20-year-old second year college student. He’s from Camarillo, California, but has lived all over the country including Fresno where he attended Bullard and Tenaya and most recently spent his last three years of high school on the south-side of Chicago in a suburb called Downers Grove. He’s currently a Journalism major and looks forward to writing and being the Sports Editor for The Rampage. This is Josiah’s third year being in a journalism program going all the way back to high school where he was an editor for his school’s newspaper where he did anything from reviewing albums and films to interviewing congressmen. When he’s not at school or working you can find him going on drives, in the comic book store, listening to music or watching movies, hanging out with his friends, or watching football. He’s excited to report on all of the things that the coaches, athletes, and sports at Fresno City College are doing and making sure all students know what’s going involving their athletic programs.   
Christianna Schiotis is 18 years old and fresh out of high school. 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. 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. Some of her photos are currently competing nationally. In her photography classes, she also got Adobe Photoshop certified. She currently shoots with a Canon R6 and a 24-105mm lens. Behind all the awards she absolutely loves dinosaurs. She has an abundance of dinosaur plushies and accessories. She lives for the color pink- anything pink she wants or already has. She also loves her cat Mocha and puppy Azura. She loves to spend time with her best friend of seven years and her boyfriend of three years. She grew up in Fresno with her three siblings, all younger than her. She hopes to do something in the journalism field since she fell in love with it but doesn’t know what yet.
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Jesus Herrera is the Managing editor at The Rampage for the fall 2023 semester at Fresno City College. While being a member of the editing team he also is a reporter and photographer.  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. His plan this semester is to build a foundation for future reporters after him and refine the quality of the work published.

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