At approximately 6:30PM Lieutenant Raffaello Pata was on patrol in the Canal neighborhood when he saw an older male walking with two young girls on Novato Street at Canal Street. When the group saw Lt. Pata, they looked away and tried to separate.
Lt. Pata exited his patrol car and walked toward to the male, later identified as Amari Folsom. As Lt. Pata walked within six feet of the suspect, he heard a loud bang. Lt. Pata used his flashlight to light-up the back bed area of a pickup truck, parked at the curb between he and Folsom. Lt. Pata saw Folsom turn quickly to walk away. Pata saw a loaded handgun in the bed within arms reach of Folsom.
Folsom was detained by Pata at gun-point until back up officers arrived. Folsom was arrested and booked for possession of a concealed loaded handgun. He was also booked for endangering a child.
Both young girls aged 14 and 15 were returned to their parents.
SUSPECT: Amari Folsom, Black Male adult, 18. Novato Ca.