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Wednesday, September 11, 2019 1:00 am

Teen pleads to firing handgun

Occurred after getting off school bus

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne teenager accused of firing a gun at a bus stop in February pleaded guilty Tuesday.

Krystopher L. Acoff, 19, of the 900 block of Arbordale Place, was charged in April with felony possession of a firearm on school property/bus and criminal recklessness.

He admitted to both Tuesday morning in Allen Superior Court, telling a judge he put people in danger. 

Acoff, then 18 and a high school student, was on a Fort Wayne Community Schools bus Feb. 25 when he pulled a gun from a backpack and put it back in the bag, police said.

Before getting off the bus, he took the gun from the backpack and put it in the front pocket of a hooded sweatshirt he was wearing, according to court documents. 

He fired the weapon near Colerick and Reed streets, an area police described in a probable cause affidavit as “completely surrounded by homes.” Shell casings were found there, and no one was injured. 

He was charged April 17 and arrested a few days later by the Fort Wayne Police Department Gang and Violent Crimes Unit. 

In court, Acoff told Judge Fran Gull he had a gun that day and fired it. He agreed when she asked whether he believed he put people in danger. 

A sentencing hearing is scheduled Oct. 2. 

mleblanc@jg.net