Springfield police seize gun from 16-year-old after chase

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SPRINGFIELD — A 16-year-old male was arrested Tuesday night after Springfield Police Firearms Investigation Unit (FIU) detectives seized a loaded firearm following a foot chase, authorities said.

The arrest occurred at about 9 p.m. on May 28 when FIU detectives, led by Sergeant Christopher Hitas, were conducting surveillance on the 0-100 block of Pomona Street as part of an ongoing illegal firearms investigation involving the juvenile.

According to the Springfield Police Department, the detectives received a tip that the teenager was armed and subsequently spotted him near the intersection of Sorrento Street and Alderman Street.

When detectives attempted to approach him on Sorrento Street, the teenager fled, clutching what appeared to be a firearm in his waistband.

The chase led to an apartment on Pomona Street where the suspect was seen running inside.

Shortly thereafter, ammunition was thrown from the apartment onto the street below.

Detectives entered the residence and apprehended the 16-year-old.

The firearm in question was later found on Ranney Street, where it is believed the juvenile dropped it while eluding police.

Officials have not released the name or booking photo of the suspect due to his age.

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