HBPD arrests felon with shotgun

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Joshua Kokko, 25

Short-barreled shotguns are illegal. And it is illegal for a convicted felon to possess any weapon.

Joshua Kokko, 25, of Bradenton, was arrested July 20 at 2:20 a.m. by Holmes Beach police in the parking lot of the Manatee Public Beach for possessing a concealed short-barreled shotgun and ammunition.

Kokko is a convicted felon in multiple states, according to the probable cause affidavit by the arresting officer.

Police report observing Kokko among four people who had been drinking beer in the beach parking lot after hours, two inside and two outside a Volkswagen Beetle.

As the arresting officer shined his flashlight into the VW, he noticed the handle of a shotgun next to the driver’s seat.

Witness statements say Kokko covered the shotgun with a shirt and shoved it under the seat.

Kokko told police the shirt wrapped around the gun was his, but he denied possessing the shotgun.

According to an HBPD officer affidavit, there were three live shotgun shells in the weapon, one chambered — “ready to be fired.”

Police seized the shotgun and shells, as well as the T-shirt for DNA and fingerprint testing.

Kokko was transported to the Manatee County jail and was in custody Aug. 3. A $25,000 bond was assigned.

His arraignment is set for 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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