Macon police respond to report of gun near school

Jennifer Pruett says officers responded too harshly to an incident involving her son.


Jennifer Pruett is the mother of 12 year old Ahren Pruett, the boy accused of carrying a gun around the Macon R-I school zone.

Just before 5:00 police responded to the 800 block of Overbrook Drive where they were told the boy was walking down the street with a gun.

The officers arrived at Pruettâ??s home, where she claims things spiraled out of control.

â??I immediately asked what was going on because I thought maybe the dog was loose and Officer Jeff Brown had started yelling at me telling me that he almost shot the 12 year old boy who was my son. I think the police officers were following procedure as if it were a real situation, but I think when it comes to children, they went a little extreme on it,â?? she said.

According to Macon Police Chief Steve Olinger, the 911 caller was a neighbor who reported the situation because he or she thought the boy's gun was real.

Olinger says officers responded in an appropriate manner to protect themselves and others in the neighborhood.


Late Wednesday afternoon, the Macon Police Department responded to a 911 call of a male teenager carrying a gun walking toward the area of the Macon R-1 School.

Officers responded to the area of the 800 block of Overbrook Drive. As they were searching the area, one officer witnessed a subject matching the description carrying a gun enter a residence.

The officer approached the home as other officers arrived to assist. As the officer approached the home, another young male exited the house holding what appeared to be a handgun. The officer had his service weapon drawn for protection and ordered the subject to drop the weapon.

A second officer was near enough to immediately take the weapon away. Officers determined the weapons were airsoft/BB guns and not firearms.

Officers on scene spoke with a parent and explained the situation which was resolved without further incident.

According to Macon Police Chief Steve Olinger, the caller reported the situation due to the fact they believed the weapon to be real and did not see any orange/red tip as normally present on airsoft/BB guns.

The Macon Police Department was assisted by deputies of the Macon County Sheriff's Department.

(Information provided by Macon Police Department)