Man charged with firing gun in Bradenton

February 27, 2014 

Chaz Spraggins, possession of weapon by convicted felon, improper firing of firearm, $8,000 bond.

BRADENTON -- A 24-year-old man was arrested on weapons charges after he fired a gun during a fight in Bradenton, according to police.

About 9:50 p.m. Wednesday, officers responded to reports of a fight and shooting in the 1200 block of 21st Avenue West, according to a report.

One of the first arriving officers spotted the suspect, later described as Chaz Spraggins, running away with what appeared to be an object in his waistband, police said.

Spraggins ran into a house in the 2100 block of 12th Street West.

Officers with the Casual Clothes Unit responded and ordered everyone out of the house.

The resident gave officers permission to search the house. Officers found shorts and a shirt the suspect had been wearing, as well as a 9mm semi-automatic pistol hidden in a bag of dog food, police said.

Officers also found three spent shell casings in the intersection of 21st Avenue West and 12th Street West, and two more in front of the house searched by police, according to the report.

After being advised of his rights, Spraggins admitted to firing the gun, police said.

Spraggins faces charges of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and improper firing of a weapon. He is being held at the Manatee County jail on bonds totaling $8,000.

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