Cops found a .40-caliber bullet in a man’s pocket, but he said he didn’t have a gun. Then police picked up his backpack and heard the sound of clanking metal.
They recovered a gun and arrested the man.
Here’s what happened, according to police spokesman Officer Dave Hartman:
Just after 11 p.m. on Saturday, police responded to a home on Poplar Street, where a woman was trying get a man to leave. Police escorted the 27-year-old man outside. As they did so, the man dropped a book bag.
Police checked the man for weapons and he began to fight, trying to get away. Cops put him in handcuffs and found nine bags of crack, empty plastic baggies, and a .40-caliber bullet on him. The man told police it was his bullet but that he didn’t have a gun.
An officer picked up the book bag and heard metal clanking.
“The gun is not mine. I do not know who owns it,” the 27-year-old announced, unprompted.
Police opened the bag and found a disassembled Wyoming Arms Parker .40-caliber SS pistol. The gun’s serial number had been removed.
Police arrested the 27-year-old, a felon, on a variety of charges, including trespassing and drug and gun crimes. Police also served him with two outstanding warrants: one for violating probation and the other for a weapons violation.
In other police news, according to Hartman:
Police arrested one man after a fight between several men, involving a knife. Two brothers were drunk and got into a fight that involved a third man at around 11:30 p.m. Sunday at the corner of Lombard and Ferry streets in Fair Haven. Firefighters arrived and treated cuts to one man’s face. Police found the two brothers still fighting each other, one with a knife. They tried to flee when cops arrived. Police caught them and made one arrest.