A Jacksonville teenager was charged with assaulting police Saturday after a gun was fired as police chased carjacking suspects through Springfield.
Officer L.A. Griffin was following a car that had been reported stolen in a carjacking when its driver crashed into a hydrant at Fifth and Market streets about 3 a.m., a police report showed.
Two people ran from the car, and Griffin heard a shot as he tried to watch first one suspect then the other, the report said.
Police soon found two youths, ages 16 and 17, in a vacant house that was broken into in the 1300 block of Market.
A semiautomatic gun was found in an alley a couple of blocks away.
The police report said the 16-year-old told officers he tried to pull the gun from his pocket as he ran, and fired it accidentally.
He was charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, burglary and carrying a concealed firearm, the report said.
The 17-year-old was charged with burglary.