Worcester man arrested after ShotSpotter alert leads to gun, drugs

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WORCESTER — A man wanted on an outstanding warrant was arrested Tuesday evening when police responded to a gunshot detection alert and found him in possession of drugs and an unlicensed firearm.

Around 6:22 p.m. on Dec. 19, Worcester Police officers patrolling near Fox St. were alerted to gunfire in the Arlington St. area by the city’s ShotSpotter system.

Police were actively searching for Hector Perez, 26, from Eastern Ave., due to a warrant issued in connection with a prior shooting incident.

Upon responding to the alert, officers spotted Perez driving a red Mercedes near the activation site.

When the police attempted a traffic stop on Fox St., Perez fled from his vehicle towards Pattison St. Officers gave chase and observed him reaching for his waistband.

Backup quickly arrived, and the police apprehended Perez after a short pursuit.

A search of Perez and his vehicle uncovered bags suspected of containing cocaine and fentanyl, a loaded handgun without a license, prescription medications, and ammunition.

Perez faces multiple charges, including trafficking and possession with the intent to distribute Class A and Class B substances, illegal possession of a large-capacity firearm and ammunition, carrying a firearm with a defaced serial number, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, and resisting arrest.

He is currently being held pending arraignment.

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