WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Wichita Falls police said an attempt to conceal a stolen gun by painting it gold failed, and the man in possession of it was arrested.
Damon King, 20, was arrested Wednesday evening in the High Point Village Apartments on Professional Drive.
Officers said they were sent to check a fight and when they arrived saw two men near a vehicle and one of them tried to quickly leave in the car when he saw them arrive.
He was stopped and an officer said he smelled marijuana from the car and that King said he had just smoked some, but there was none in the car.
A search of the car turned up the 9 mm handgun painted to conceal its serial number. Police say King denied it was his and records show it was stolen in Vernon.
Court records show King pleaded guilty in February to possession of a controlled substance and was placed on five years probation, deferred.
According to the Wichita Falls Police Department Wednesday around 7:17 p.m., officers responded to Highpoint Village Apartments in reference to a disturbance/fight.
Upon officer arrival, Damon King, 20, tried to leave the scene in a vehicle but was stopped.
Officers said when they approached King they could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.
During a search, a handgun was found under the driver’s seat. It had been spray-painted gold in what authorities said was an attempt to hide the identifiers.
Officers said they were able to find the serial number under the paint. Records check revealed that the gun had been stolen out of Vernon, Texas.
King was arrested and charged with theft of a firearm.