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Boston police arrest teen on gun charge

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The loaded gun was found in the 17-year-old’s backpack.

Boston police said they arrested a 17-year-old boy who was allegedly carrying a loaded gun in his backpack Friday afternoon in Dorchester.

Officers approached the juvenile around 2:30 p.m. near Fenelon Playground by Erie and Merrill streets, police said in a statement.

They identified themselves and asked the suspect if he was carrying a gun, and he confirmed he had a loaded gun in his backpack, police said. The officers then recovered the gun and arrested the suspect.

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The juvenile was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and carrying a loaded firearm on a public way, police said.

Alana Levene can be reached at alana.levene@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @alanalevene.