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Gun-toting man arrested in Fredericksburg after foot chase

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BY KEITH EPPS / THE FREE LANCE–STAR

A young Fredericksburg man was arrested Tuesday following a foot chase that began after he threatened a house full of residents with a handgun, police said.

City police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said officers responded to the 700 block of Hanson Avenue in Normandy Village about 2:45 p.m. after receiving a report of a dispute involving a gun.

The 34-year-old resident reported that she was having a family gathering when the suspect came over and started a fight.

During the altercation, which occurred outside the house, the suspect pointed the gun at several people and threatened to shoot them. When the woman pulled out her phone to call 911, the suspect grabbed the phone and ran.

Officers spotted the man a short time later and chased him along the Rappahannock Canal Path.

He eluded officers briefly, but was soon spotted again coming out of the woods near Sam Perry Boulevard. Bledsoe said he ran back into the woods along the power line right of way behind Mary Washington Hospital and was finally taken into custody by officers and a Fredericksburg deputy who had approached on foot from the other side of the canal.

A police tracking dog was brought to the scene and found a gun and a gun magazine along the route the suspect had been running. Police also found marijuana on the suspect.

Johnathan Jurgins, 19, was charged with four counts of brandishing a firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of marijuana, resisting arrest, larceny and preventing a person from calling 911.

He was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.

Bledsoe said police aren’t sure why Jurgins came to the house or what started the argument.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

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