Monday, November 2, 2015

Ocean City Man Fires Replica Firearm into Passing Vehicle

: Two male victims chased an 18-year-old suspect in Ocean City Sunday afternoon, after the man fired a replica firearm into their vehicle.

On November 1, 2015, at approximately 12 p.m. Ocean City police responded to 14th Street and St. Louis Avenue in reference to a weapon violation. When officers arrived, a suspect was being detained by two victims.

Officers discovered that the suspect, 18-year-old Devin J. Gales of Ocean City, was in the area of 14th Street and Philadelphia Avenue when Gales fired a replica firearm into a passing vehicle. Gales then fled west towards St. Louis Avenue. Two males in the passing vehicle chased Gales and detained him in the area of 14th Street and St. Louis Avenue before calling police. The replica firearm was located nearby and, despite its close resemblance to a handgun, was later determined to be an airsoft BB gun.

Ocean City police have charged Gales with possession of a replica gun, discharging an air-gun within city limits, two counts of reckless endangerment and two counts of second degree assault. Gales was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and is currently being held at the Ocean City Public Safety Building on $5,000 bond.

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