Boston police arrest man, recover large capacity firearm in Mattapan

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BOSTON — Boston Police Department’s Youth Violence Strike Force arrested a 19-year-old man early Friday morning on firearm charges after a foot chase in Mattapan.

At about 12:44 a.m., officers on patrol near Harvard Street and Washington Street observed Mekhi Clagon of Dorchester gripping what they believed to be a firearm inside his sweatshirt.

Clagon, talking on his phone, walked past the officers just after they completed a motor vehicle stop.

When officers approached, Clagon ran, leading to a pursuit.

During the chase, he was seen throwing a firearm into a small field near Harvard Street and Waterlow Street.

Officers apprehended Clagon and took him into custody.

The discarded firearm was recovered and identified as a Smith and Wesson SD9 with one round in the chamber and ten rounds in the magazine, equipped with a Lightwin flashlight/laser attachment.

Clagon faces charges including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, and Firearm Violation with one prior violent/drug crime.

He is expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

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