Teen chased by police discards gun, but allegedly not ammunition

Boston Police Department
A 9mm Smith and Wesson semi-automatic handgun and a magazine of 9mm bullets found at the scene in Roxbury.

A Plymouth man allegedly led Boston police on a foot-chase through Roxbury Wednesday night during which he discarded a handgun - but not the loaded ammunition clip police allegedly found in his hand when they arrested him after a violent struggle, police said.

Melvin Harrison, 18, is scheduled to be arraigned in Roxbury Municipal Court today on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and buying or receiving stolen property, according to a statement by Boston Police.

Harrison’s friend, Erick Rivera, 26, of Roxbury, is due in the same courthouse to face charges of possession of drugs with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school zone.


According to police, officers were conducting a drug investigation Wednesday evening near the intersection of Walnut Avenue and Bower Street, a place allegedly frequented by known gang members.

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Around 6:06 p.m., officers allegedly spotted Harrison glancing “furtively” at passing cars and adjusting his waistband periodically, police said.

Upon seeing the officers’ unmarked police car drive into the area, Harrison allegedly “sprinted” from the area, alegedly throwing a pistol in the process. Officers followed him and were able to apprehend him and found a black object in his left hand.

Police allege Harrison was holding the ammunition magazine for the pistol and that was loaded with 10 rounds of 9mm ammunition. Police retraced their steps, police and found a 9mm Smith and Wesson semi-automatic handgun without a magazine, police said.

Rivera was arrested at the scene after police discovered a “medium-sized” bag of what appeared to be marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and over $2,400 in cash, police said.

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