Boston police arrest man on firearm charges after shot spotter activation

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BOSTON — Officers from the Boston Police Department’s B-3 Anti-Crime Unit arrested a man early Sunday morning on firearm charges following a shot spotter activation in Mattapan.

At approximately 2:55 a.m., officers responded to 85 Astoria Street after the system detected gunfire.

Upon arrival, they discovered a spent shell casing in a field at the end of the street and observed a group of individuals nearby.

Denzel Harper, 37, of Dorchester, drew the attention of the officers by turning away as they approached.

A firearm was visibly protruding from his right jean shorts pocket.

Officers safely apprehended Harper and secured the weapon, a Republic Arms Patriot, which was found with one spent casing in the chamber and five rounds in the magazine.

Harper was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Dwelling.

He is due to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

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