Responding to alerts of gunfire in the area, city police officers arrested a 17-year-old city boy with a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol on Wednesday night on North 6th Street, said police director Jerry Speziale.
The city teen was arrested on North 6th Street between Jefferson and Clinton Streets at about 11:15 p.m. last night, when police officers responding to gunfire on North 1st and Clinton Streets located ballistic evidence that lead to an extensive area search.
Officers did not find any victims and checks with area hospital yielded negative results.
Ceasefire detectives Rolando Polio and Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office detective Michael Boone searched the vicinity looking for a group of males who were seen running from the area when shots were heard.
Three juveniles were spotted walking east on North 6th Street. Detectives exited their vehicle to investigate, when they observed a black gun sticking out from the pants pocket of one of the three.
Officers secured two of the males and the weapon. A third fled on foot, but was detained a short distance away by officers William Niebanck and Ryan Duffy.
Police charged the youth with the weapon and released the other two to their guardians, said the director.
The director said the 17-year-old is being detained at the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center pending court appearance.
The weapon recovered will be examined at a ballistics laboratory, said the director.
“The teamwork by the officers involved was the key to locating the evidence and removing this high powered weapon from our streets,” said Speziale. “Carry or use a weapon and you will find yourself facing serious consequences as you are a danger to our citizenry.”