Shots Fired, Gun / Drug Arrest

On August 14, 2016 at 1:23 a.m., Lancaster City Police were dispatched to the 1st blk. of E. King St. for a shots fired call. Upon arrival officers located several bar staff and patrons who had an individual, later identified as Jafohn Ahmere Carl, 22-year-old male, resident of the 100 blk. N. Broad St., Lancaster, PA, detained on the street in front of the Altana restaurant / nightclub at 26 E. King St. 

Officers interviewed numerous witnesses and determined that a male staff member (security person) from Altana observed two couples arguing in the area of N. Christian St. at E. King St., across the street from the club. As one couple began to walk away, Carl followed them towards Altana. The staff member then heard a single gun shot. The first couple ran towards the restaurant, with Carl chasing them. The staff member stepped between the couple and Carl in order to stop him from chasing the couple. The staff member observed Carl reaching into the waistband of his pants. The staff member then engaged in a physical struggle with Carl and wrestled him to the ground in the street. Carl continued to reach into his waistband, so the staff member reached into Carl's waistband and removed a grey semi-automatic handgun. This all occurred while there were large crowds of pedestrians in the immediate area.

The gun was handed over to arriving police officers. It was discovered that Carl does not have a current and valid firearms permit, and that he is currently on probation. Carl was placed under arrest and transported to Lancaster General Hospital for medical treatment for facial injuries he sustained during the struggle with the staff member. Officers located two plastic baggies containing (5) Xanax pills each and a large amount of cash in Carl's pockets. Carl does not possess a valid prescription for this medication. Carl was treated and released, then transported to the police station for processing.

Carl was charged with Firearms Not to be Carried Without a License, Possession With Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person before Magisterial District Justice Winters and held for arraignment. Bail information not available at this time.

This is the 40th firearms related arrest by Lancaster City Police in 2016.

All persons accused of a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in court.