A 46-year-old city man was apprehended with a bundle of heroin and a loaded handgun following an early morning struggle with police officers on Auburn Street, said police director Jerry Speziale.
Rashid Khyree put up a struggle when police officers Salvatore Marotta and Joehan Suarez approached him at about 5:44 a.m. outside of 90 Auburn Street. Khyree threw a bundle of heroin as the two officers approached.
Marotta and Suarez attempted to arrest him. Khyree resisted by throwing his arms, pushing officers, and using force against the officers, said the director. A handgun was observed on Khyree’s waistband.
“Gun! Gun!” shouted Suarez.
Other police officers responded and brought Khyree into custody. One bundle of heroin marked “PROTOCOL” and nine bags of heroin marked “TANGO CASH” was recovered as well as a loaded .22 caliber handgun.
Khyree was taken to police lockup on drug and gun charges and transported to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center to receive treatment for injuries he sustained during his struggle with cops.
Speziale said Khyree was also charged with having a weapon despite a felony conviction. He was also charged with intent to sell near a school, aggravated assault on a police officer, and resisting arrest.
Khyree is awaiting arraignment, said the director.
“Another weapon and drugs off our streets helps us with our goal of a drug and violent free city,” said Speziale.