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Two men charged with firing gun in Trenton

October 14, 2015

A ShotSpotter activation and a bomb-sniffing dog led police to charge two area men with shooting a handgun in a Trenton neighborhood Tuesday, police said.
Trenton Police FileTrenton Police car shown in this file photo. Keith Brown/The Times

Police from the Street Crimes unit went to the 100 block of Oliver Street after ShotSpotter alerted police to seven gunshots in the area around 12:30 a.m., Lt. James Slack said.

Shot Spotter is a gunshot detection system installed at numerous locations throughout Trenton that helps police find the location of gunfire.

Police on the scene found three, .380-caliber shell casings in the area and questioned two men, but no gun was found, Slack said.

A bomb-sniffing dog was called in and directed officers to a back room of a house, where police found a handgun, Slack said.

Brandon S. Fletcher, 25, of Hamilton and Phillip Forston, 24, of Ewing, were charged with weapons possession and discharging a weapon in a residential neighborhood.  Forston also was charged with unlawful taking and simple assault.