Man arrested for possession of firearm by felon after Saturday’s shooting

Published 3:28 pm Monday, May 6, 2019

By Dawn Burleigh

The Orange Leader


Two males were reportedly shooting at each other at 9:50 a.m. Saturday at the 1000 block of Clairmont in Orange.

Officers believed the incident was in connection to two other calls they had been on early.

The two males, according to a police report, had fired several shots at each other before one left the area.

An officer spotted the vehicle, a silver Chevrolet Camaro, traveling on 16th Street and got behind the vehicle as it turned onto MacArthur Drive.

The officer withdrew his weapon as he conducted a felony stop of the vehicle.

The driver, Jerquis Beasley, 24, of Orange, was placed into handcuffs without incident.

Beasley did tell an officer there was a firearm under the front seat.

The officer checked and located a Berretta PX4 Storm subcompact chambered in .40 S&W.

The weapon was cleared by dispatch, however, Beasley had multiple felony convictions making it illegal for him to possess a firearm.

Beasley waived his rights and told officers, according to the police report, that he had gone to the 1000 block of Clairmont I order to speak to a person who, along with another individual, picked up weapons and started shooting at him before he could leave.

Beasley added he did draw his weapon and return fire before he could leave the area.

He also identified the type of weapons used to fire upon him.

Officers searched the vehicle for casings and found at least two bullet holes in the vehicle, one in the driver side of the hood and another in the passenger side of the windshield.

The officer looked for and located bullet fragments.

Beasley was transported to the Orange County jail where he refused to provide a written statement and did not want to press charges.