Minor charged with firearm possession, officials suspect teens were jacklighting deer

Minor charged with firearm possession, officials suspect teens were jacklighting deer

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RICHMOND — Officers have filed charges against a 17-year-old boy who was found in possession of a .22 caliber rifle during a traffic stop last week, and the discovery has led state the Department of Environmental Management to open an investigation into whether the teenager and three friends may have been involved in the jacklighting of deer.

The 17-year-old, a resident of Coventry who was not identified as a result of his age, was charged with possession of a firearm by a minor and possession of ammunition by a minor. He was charged at the Richmond Police Department, given a summons to appear in Family Court and then released into the custody of his father.

Police said an officer initiated a traffic stop on Aug. 28 due to concerns over suspicious activity after the car was seen pulling away from an open field on Route 138 in plain view of the officer. During the traffic stop, police found a .22 caliber rifle, ammunition, hunting bow and a spotlight.

The discovery left police concerned and evidence was turned over to the state Department of Environmental Management for further review. Richmond Police said the youth are suspected of “jacklighting,” which in Rhode Island is defined as use of an artificial light to locate and hunt animals. Jacklighting deer is restricted under Rhode Island law.

— Jason Vallee


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