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Boston police sent to the South End to investigate a report of a man with a gun Thursday night instead found a 14-year-old boy with a BB gun, police said.

At around 7:17 p.m., officers responded to the rear parking lot of the Blackstone Innovation School at 380 Shawmut Ave. for a report of a person with a gun. The officers approached a teenager matching the description, who allegedly started to run away from them, police said in a statement.

The 14-year-old from Roxbury was stopped a short distance away.

The officers allegedly recovered a Daisy PowerLine Model 240 BB gun and an MTech Xtreme knife with a brass knuckle handle from inside the boy’s backpack, police said.

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The boy was arrested on a charge of juvenile delinquency, to wit possession of a BB gun and unlawfully carrying a dangerous weapon. His case will be prosecuted in Boston Juvenile Court, police said.


Maria Lovato can be reached at maria.lovato@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @maria_lovato99.