Police seized a semi-automatic handgun from a city man found having a drinking party at the corner of North Main and Jefferson Streets on Friday night, said police director Jerry Speziale.
Bryson L. Brown, 19, was among a group of ten men, who were drinking at the intersection at about 9:50 p.m. He attempted to walk away from the group of the men drinking from open containers when police approached, said the director.
Detective sergeant Richard LaTrecchia followed him to the rear of a home on Jefferson Street. Brown was observed removing a firearm from his waistband area and attempting to discard it, said police.
LaTrecchia secured the suspect. A .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol was recovered by detective William Niebank.
Police charged Brown with unlawful weapons possession and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, said the director.
“The professional manner the detectives displayed resulted in the recovery of illegal firearm, and possibly prevented a more serious incident. Their efforts are commendable,” said Speziale.