A city man in possession of a handgun and hollow-point bullets was apprehended and charged with weapon possession by police during the early morning hours of Saturday on North Main Street, according to the Paterson Police Department.
David Talmadge, 21-year-old, was in a group gathering at the intersection of North Main and Jefferson Streets at around 12:10 a.m. on Saturday when police nabbed him.
Talmadge had a .40 caliber handgun affixed to his waist which he was adjusting when police officers responded to the area in a violent crime suppression detail, according to police.
“As Detectives exited their vehicles, they observed a male within the group attempting to adjust a handgun which he had secured in his waistband area,” said Patrick Murray, head of the Ceasefire Unit.
“Detectives at that time immediately approached the male and disarmed him,” Murray said. “The weapon was found to be a .40 caliber handgun loaded with hollow-point ammunition.”
Talmadge was quickly arrested by officers without an incident, police said. Talmadge is being held in police lockup awaiting a court appearance, police said.
On further investigation police found Talmadge’s weapon was reported stolen elsewhere. Talmadge has been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of stolen property, and possession of illegal ammunition.