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Braintree man arrested on gun charges in East Boston

A Braintree man is facing gun charges after he was arrested while trying to run away from police in East Boston, according to police.

Damari Larkins, 18, was arrested around 7:38 p.m. Thursday by members of the Boston Police Department’s Youth Violence Strike Force, according to a posting on bpdnews.com.

Police said officers on patrol noticed a group of males in the area of 164 Waldemar Ave. in East Boston, and when the officers tried to speak with them, they ran away.

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Officers pursued the males and eventually caught up to Larkins, who appeared to be clutching something in his right front pocket, according to police. Officers recovered an Armi Galesi-Brescia Brevetto firearm loaded with seven rounds of live ammunition from the suspect’s front right pocket and placed him under arrest.

Larkins was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a loaded firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition, according to police.

Emily Sweeney can be reached at esweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.