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Teen faces gun, drug charges after leading police on chase

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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 catalina.gaitan@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.
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