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Boston police discover stolen AK-47 assault rifle, two other guns after East Boston shots fired incident

Boston police recovered a previously reported stolen AK-47 in East Boston on Sunday.
Boston police recovered a previously reported stolen AK-47 in East Boston on Sunday.Boston Police

Boston police recovered an AK-47 assault rifle in an East Boston man’s residence Sunday evening after he allegedly fired a shot from a fourth floor balcony and then drew attention to himself by throwing snowballs at the officers searching for ballistic evidence on the street below.

Police did not identify the 30-year-old man who was arrested after they responded to a report of shots fired around 6:40 p.m. in the 180 block of Havre Street, according to a post Tuesday on the department’s website.

A spokesperson for Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins identified the man Tuesday evening as Richard Chuilli. He was arraigned in the East Boston Division of Boston Municipal Court on charges of improper storage of a firearm, unlicensed possession of an assault weapon, carrying a licensed firearm while Intoxicated, assault, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, according to the spokesperson.


Bail was set in the amount of $5,000 with orders that Chuilli refrain from alcohol use subject to screenings. He returns to court March 3, 2021.

Officers responded to the 180 block of Havre Street at 6:38 p.m. to investigate a report of shots fired in the neighborhood, police said in a posting on bpdnews.com. Police were searching for ballistic evidence on the street when “their attention was drawn to an individual” standing on the fourth floor balcony of the building.

“A few moments later, several snowballs were thrown from the balcony area, missing the officers by inches,” police wrote. “Officers made their way to the fourth floor and knocked on the apartment door where they were met by the same male party they had observed on the rear balcony.”

The man attempted to shut the door when officers asked for identification. Upon entering the apartment, officers discovered an AK-47 assault rifle and a 12-gauge shotgun, both in plain view to the officers.


Officers later found a 9mm Taurus handgun, police said. The man was found to have a valid firearm license. The AK-47 assault rifle was not registered to him — it had been reported stolen in 2016 in Holbrook.

Officers determined the man had allegedly fired the handgun once without causing injury and confirmed he had thrown the snowballs, police said.

Charlie McKenna can be reached at charlie.mckenna@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @charliemckenna9.