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Paterson police seize 18 firearms in series of operations over 28 days

By Jonathan Greene
Published: October 27, 2023


Over the span of 28 days, the Paterson Police, in collaboration with various units from the New Jersey State Police, has taken a total of 18 firearms off the streets in a series of operations.

“There is outstanding police work being done every day in this city by Paterson Police Officers and our State and County partners,” said Isa Abbassi, state-appointed head of the Paterson Police Department. “Thanks to their dedicated and vigilant work, eighteen firearms were taken off of the streets and eighteen tragedies averted. If you choose to carry an illegal gun in Paterson, you will be caught.”

Abbassi said the most recent case occurred on Monday at 5:30 p.m. Police noticed a vehicle that fit the description of one involved in a shooting earlier in the month. Suspect struck a police vehicle and ran.

Officers gave him chase and arrested a juvenile suspect who had allegedly tossed a firearm while running from them. Police recovered a handgun and an AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle that was stolen out of Virgina. The youth was charged with resisting arrest, escape, receiving stolen property, possession of a handgun, firearms possession by a minor and possession of a high capacity.

Also, on Mondy, police with help from state troopers arrested a suspect carrying a .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun.

Six other firearms were seized in an active investigation, police said.

Other incidents in which police seized weapons are as follows:

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