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Bronx Teen Accused Of Pointing Gun At Officer During Confrontation

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- A Bronx teen has been arrested and charged after allegedly firing off gunshots and pointing his weapon at a police officer.

Authorities said the incident happened on Saturday in the Mott Haven section of the borough.

Two uniformed officers on the violence reduction foot post reported hearing several gunshots near 140th Street and Cypress Avenue at around 10:50 p.m.

Two other officers responded to the area and canvassed for a possible suspect, police said. A motorist at 138th Street told the officers that the person responsible for the gunfire was a male wearing a black jacket across the street.

Police said when the officers began to approach the suspect, he ran toward 138th Street and Bruckner Boulevard, at which time responding PSA 7 officers engaged him and told him to drop his weapon.

That's when the man turned toward an officer while pointing his gun, a .357 Smith and Wesson revolver, who had taken cover behind a parked vehicle, police said.

The suspect then dropped his weapon and was taken into custody.

Police said the officers didn't fire any shots during the confrontation and there were no injuries reported.

The suspect, 17-year-old Raymond Leonardo, has been charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, menacing a police officer and reckless endangerment.

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