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2 guns recovered, man arrested after foot chase in Mattapan

Boston police recovered two firearms and arrested a male who ran into the home of an elderly man during a brief foot chase in Mattapan last night, Boston police said.

Members of the Youth Violence Strike Force, a part of the Boston police Department’s Special Operations Division, were on patrol when they spotted a suspicious group of six males walking in the area of Almont Street, Boston police said in a posting on their blog.

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As officers spoke with one individual, who they believed to be a gang affiliate, another male threw a heavy black object on the ground, which was later identified as a Glock 36 .45-caliber automatic firearm, police said.

As officers located the firearm, which was loaded with five rounds of ammunition, the suspect began to run from the scene, police said. During a brief foot chase, the suspect ran into the home of an elderly man and was then put under arrest.

Police later identified the suspect as Andre Givens, 26, of Mattapan. Givens was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, entering without breaking of a residence, and being an armed career criminal, police said.

Following the arrest of Givens, officers searched the area and found another firearm, identified as a Rossi .38 Special revolver, which was loaded with five rounds of ammunition, police said.

Police said they were also able to locate and identify all six of the males originally spotted in the area with the help of a special K-9 unit.

This incident is still under investigation.

Trisha Thadani can be reached at trisha.thadani@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @TrishaThadani.
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