On July 3, 2020, at approximately 12:14 a.m.,Officer Chavez was on foot in the area of South “N” Street near Amanda Court, after receiving reports of illegal fireworks being set off in the area.
While on foot Officer Chavez saw 22-year-old Jose Gomez drop two subjects off in the area, these subjects set off two Mortar fireworks. After setting the mortars off, the two subjects walked towards Gomez’s vehicle. When they saw Officer Chavez’s vehicle the subjects ran off.
Officer Chavez contacted Gomez who had illegal mortar style fireworks in the back seat of his vehicle. Gomez was arrested for being in possession of illegal fireworks. The fireworks were confiscated. Gomez was cited and released for being in possession of illegal fireworks.
Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact Officer Chavez at 209-388-7842 or by email at email@example.com.