While responding to a call of a large unruly crowd in South Paterson, city police officers apprehended a 17-year-old who had in possession a loaded handgun after midnight on Friday, said police director Jerry Speziale.
Speziale said the teenage boy was charged with numerous weapons offenses after being transported to downtown.
Police officers Neibank and Duffy responded to 1015 Main Street at about 12:12 a.m. Police received information that one person in the crowd was in possession of a weapon. A description of the suspect was provided.
The two plainclothes officers located the suspect by matching the location and description that was provided. The suspect was observed attempting to secure a large black handgun in his waistband.
Duffy approached, identified himself, and ordered the teenager to drop the weapon. The juvenile began to flee officers north on Main Street. The officers gave chase.
The teenager turned left on to Goshen Street. One officer cut off the suspect using his interceptor. A successful foot chase through the street resulted in the teenager’s arrest in front of 25 Goshen Street.
A .45 caliber Ilama handgun loaded with six .45 round nose bullets, said the director.
“While there was a unique crime spike,” said Speziale, “officers continued their tireless effort to remove illegal firearms from our streets.”