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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.