Douglas County prosecutors Monday charged a 27-year-old Lawrence man with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm related to an incident early Saturday near 19th Street and Ousdahl Road.
The defendant, Dennis S. Nazarenko, was charged because prosecutors alleged that he possessed a gun during an altercation and that Nazarenko had a past felony drug possession conviction in the last 10 years, which made it illegal for him to possess the gun.
Police have said Nazarenko and another man got into an verbal altercation with an acquaintance around 2:30 a.m. A gun was fired at one point, but no one was injured. A judge Monday set Nazarenko’s bond at $5,000, cash or surety, and he remained at the Douglas County Jail Monday evening.
His co-defendant posted $5,000 bond Saturday after his arrest on an aggravated assault charge. He was given notice to appear in court June 3, and prosecutors have not yet filed official charges in that case. The Journal-World generally does not identify suspects unless they are officially charged.