FAIRFIELD — A 19-year-old man who police said had a loaded gun was arrested Wednesday after shots were reportedly fired near a school.
Police received a call at 4:11 p.m. that several people were preparing to fight in the area of Orchid Street and Atlantic Avenue, according to Sgt. Jeff Osgood.
While checking the area, an officer saw two males in front of the Public Safety Academy who matched a clothing description, Osgood said. While questioning the pair, dispatch announced that shots were reportedly fired in the area before officers arrived there.
An officer reported that one of the men appeared nervous during questioning and was shaking, Osgood said. Officers were searching for weapons when one of the suspects allegedly told the officer he had a gun. Officers said they found a Smith & Wesson Model 10 .38-caliber revolver that was loaded with six bullets, Osgood said.
Albert Hightower III of Vacaville was arrested on suspicion of possession of a concealed and loaded firearm and possession of a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school.
School was dismissed at the Public Safety Academy but about a dozen students were outside the campus during the arrest across the street, Osgood said.
Police continued to investigate the incident. It was not known whether there was an assault or fight or why Hightower, a former Oakland resident, allegedly had a gun.
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