Following a brief foot chase, a 16-year-old boy was arrested for possession of a firearm in the North District of Hartford on Friday night.
A 2016 Toyota Camry was spotted speeding southbound on Barbour Street around 9:15 p.m. Officers, who were doing "Hotspot detail in response to a recent increase of firearm related incident," stopped the vehicle, which police said was "traveling in the center of the road."
During the motor vehicle stop, an unidentified 16-year-old boy fled from the Camry and rand toward the Unity Plaza. After a brief pursuit, police spotted the 16-year-old boy removing a firearm from his waistband and was holding it in his hand while running from officers.
Officers were able to catch the boy in the area of 281 Barbour St. Officers were able to able to seize the firearm, which had 13 live rounds.
The boy, who has been arrested three times previously by Hartford police, was charged with possession of firearm without permit, possession of high capacity magazine, and weapons in motor vehicle.
The boy,who police said was the victim of a shooting at 14 years old, was transferred to juvenile court.
"HPD is invested in finding intervention and services for this juvenile. We will also turn to our community partners for assistance in rescuing this child," police said in a statement on Monday.
The incident is under investigation by the Hartford Police Department Shooting Task Force.
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