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SHOT

December 5, 1995

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Although many people become agitated with monthly tests of emergency sirens, few shoot them with a gun.

But that's apparently what happened Monday afternoon, when a Lecompton teen reportedly took matters into his own hands by firing several shots at the siren in Lecompton.

Douglas County Sheriff's officers reported that the siren was damaged between noon and 12:15 p.m. Monday. Sirens throughout the county are tested at noon on the first Monday of the month.

A short time after the shots were fired, sheriff's officers detained a 17-year-old Lecompton boy.

He and another teen became aggravated with the siren, sheriff's Sgt. Blake McCall said.

"They decided they'd try to stop it by shooting it," he said.

The boy was detained in connection with felony criminal damage. He was being held Monday in the Northeast Kansas Juvenile Detention Center in Lawrence and was expected to be charged in juvenile court.

Damage to the siren could between $500 to $11,000, depending on further inspection.

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