Sheriff: Boy, 16, arrested after allegedly bringing gun to Pontiac hoops game

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Pontiac — A 16-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday night after police discovered a pistol he had allegedly brought to a basketball game, the Oakland County Sheriff's Office said.

The incident took place about 7:20 p.m. at Pontiac's Youth Recreation Center. That's on the 800 block of Golf, east of Telegraph.

A deputy was at the game "when several subjects became agitated and appeared to be on the brink of a physical altercation," according to a statement from the sheriff's office.

He escorted one of the boys to the office, and there the boy dropped his backpack. The other boys involved in the altercation fled. The games would go on.

But a rec center staffer picked up the boy's dropped backpack, and told the deputy there was a gun inside.

The deputy checked the bag and found a loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistol, police said. 

The boy's mother arrived, and the boy allegedly told police he took the gun from a friend's mother "because he thought there was going to be trouble with other kids at the recreation center."

Police took the boy to Oakland County Children's Village, pending an arraignment, and the pistol was taken as evidence.