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Man arrested in Early with assault rifle reported stolen by Abilene PD

Gage Woodcock

Law enforcement officials in Brown County and Abilene are investigating how a stolen assault rifle with a bump stock attached to it ended up in the hands of a man that was arrested in Early.

Gage Woodcock, 20, of Abilene, was arrested Tuesday by an officer from the Early Police Department for theft of a firearm, possession of marijuana in a drug-free zone and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a press release.

Early Police Chief David Mercer said that the events that led to Woodcock's arrest began on Tuesday at around 6:30 p.m., when a police officer responded to a call of an unwanted person at an apartment on the 1000 block of Early Boulevard.

According to Mercer, Woodcock had initially refused to leave the apartment, but agreed to exit it after speaking with police.

As he was leaving, the residents of the apartment told police that Woodcock had left behind a backpack, which Woodcock denied was his when he spoke with a police officer.

However, after several other residents of the apartment claimed that they saw Woodcock come in with the backpack, an officer noticed a gun barrel sticking out of it.

According to Mercer, police officers found marijuana and a M&P 22 caliber AR-15 style rifle with a bump stock in the backpack.

Mercer said that the officer learned that the rifle was reported stolen by the Abilene Police Department after running the gun's serial numbers though a gun database.

Woodcock posted a $13,000 bond Wednesday, according to Brown County Jail records.

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