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Delaware: Pellet-gun battle leads to charge for one man

Delaware police made one arrest after residents complained about a group of children playing with toy guns on the city's south side earlier this month.

Officers responded between 7:30 and 8 p.m. May 12 to the 700 block of Fern Drive and encountered a group of juveniles with Airsoft pellet guns.

Police also encountered a 20-year-old man with an Airsoft gun who was charged with pointing and discharging firearms, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

Under the city's codified ordinances, it is illegal for anyone to "discharge any air gun, rifle, shotgun, revolver, pistol or other firearm ... within the corporate limits of the municipality." The ordinance also makes it illegal to "point or aim" a firearm at another person.

The ordinance grants exceptions to people who use firearms in self-defense, law enforcement officers who use weapons "in the discharge of official duty," and people who use air guns or BB guns "in the confines of dwellings" under adult supervision.

In other recent reports:

* An unknown suspect broke into and stole a firearm from a vehicle parked in the 2200 block of Bruce Road between 7:30 p.m. May 14 and 7 a.m. May 15, according to police reports. The gun is valued at $477, reports said.

* A woman reported someone stole a GPS unit and cash from her car between 9 p.m. May 15 and 8 a.m. May 16 while it was parked in the first block of Moore Street. The GPS unit is valued at $100, reports said.

* A set of patio furniture and bicycle parts were stolen from a home in the first block of Spring Street between 10 p.m. May 15 and 6:30 a.m. May 16, according to police reports. A woman said she awoke to find the items, together valued at $1,300, missing from her property.

* A man reported several extension ladders went missing from his backyard between 9 p.m. May 13 and 6 a.m. May 14 in the first block of South Washington Street. The ladders are valued at more than $1,000, according to police reports.