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Teen faces gun, drug charges after leading police on chase

One of the firearms recovered by police.

A South Boston teenager is facing multiple charges after he led police on a foot chase through his neighborhood Wednesday night, accidentally dropping and discharging a gun as he leaped over a cement wall to escape, police said.

Lovant Wheeler, 18, is to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on multiple charges, including unlawful possession of a firearm, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a home, and unlawful possession of ammunition.

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He also faces five additional charges after police executed a search warrant of his home. Those charges includepossession of drugs with intent to distribute, possession of a large-capacity firearm, and receiving stolen property over $250, police said today in a statement.

Officers were conducting a drug investigation in the area of Joyce Hayes Way and Flaherty Way when they observed Wheeler, dressed in all black, fleeing the area at about 5 p.m., police said.

Wheeler allegedly ran toward B Street, leaping over a wall. As he jumped, Wheeler allegedly dropped his gun, causing it to fall on the ground and fire. Police followed him into a building, and were directed by a neighbor to his mother’s apartment.

After approximately 10 minutes of knocking, Wheeler’s mother opened the apartment door, and Wheeler was arrested.

Catalina Gaitan can be reached at Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.
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