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Utica police seize illegally possessed handgun from teen following traffic stop, foot chase

Utica police recovered an illegally possessed handgun from a teen following a traffic stop Tuesday night.

Posted: May 12, 2021 11:56 AM
Updated: May 12, 2021 5:45 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – Utica police recovered an illegally possessed handgun from a teen following a traffic stop Tuesday night.

After observing traffic violations, officers tried to stop a vehicle just before 11:30 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Utica Police Department

The vehicle wouldn't stop at first, but eventually pulled over on the 1100 block of City Street.

When the vehicle pulled over, the front passenger got out and ran away from the scene, through the back yards of nearby homes. Police say the suspect looked to be concealing something in the front of his jacket while running.

After a short chase on foot, police caught the 17-year-old, who was found in possession of a loaded .40 caliber handgun and arrested.

The teen’s name will not be released, but police say multiple weapons charges are pending.

UPD Chief Mark Williams says cases like these can turn violent quickly.

"If you look at what's going on in this country. All these types of cases where we are confronted or encounter a person with a handgun -- they're unpredictable and they can go bad at any time," said Williams. "We've been very fortunate that one, our officers are well trained, we have great - i think, we have excellent policies in place and our officers have used a lot of restraint not to use deadly physical force. Had those defendants pointed the weapon or shot at the officer, we'd probably be talking about a different story."

The Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) Unit has taken a record number of guns off of the streets this past year, according to Williams.

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