WILKES-BARRE – A city man was charged early Saturday morning with firing a rifle in the direction of police officers in the area of Lehigh and Hancock streets.
Nasim Hickson, 19, was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment and several gun violations. A 16-year-old juvenile was also charged with a carrying an offensive weapon, resisting arrest, underage drinking and harassment.
Police were dispatched to Park Avenue and Lehigh Street on a report of shots being fired. When police arrived, a group of juveniles/young adults in the area split up and went in different directions, police said.
While there, officers heard bangs but were unsure if it was a gun or fireworks.
Officers, now at Lehigh and Hancock streets, heard another bang and something hitting an object behind them.
Police said they located a group, detained them and performed a weapons check.
A 16-year-old juvenile became combative and resisted arrest. Police found a set of “brass knuckles” on him.
Hickson was wanted on an arrest warrant for burglary and was taken into custody. As Hickson was exiting the patrol vehicle, a live .22-caliber bullet dropped on the ground. The round was damaged, police said. While Hickson was being processed inside police headquarters, police found another .22-caliber bullet. When police returned to the scene, they found the .22-caliber rifle under a car about 20 yards from where the men were arrested. The serial number was removed and the barrel was sawed off.
A witness stated, “Nasim started letting rounds off from his rifle, then hid it when the cops came.”
Hickson admitted to firing one of the four shots that were fired. He said the gun jammed at one point.
The 16-year-old was transported to a juvenile detention center. Hickson was arraigned before before Magisterial District Judge Joseph Carmody of West Pittston. He was taken to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 straight bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Dec. 17 before Magisterial District Judge Richard Cronauer of Wilkes-Barre.