Syracuse boy found with loaded hangun: 'I'm sorry officer', I was told to hide it

MGN Online

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A Syracuse teenager has been charged for having a loaded handgun, which police say he was given by someone else to hide.

Police say the teen was found with the gun when an officer was on a routine patrol on the 1300 block of South State St. There police say a 14-year-old male drove his bicycle into the oncoming path of the officer's patrol vehicle. The officer avoided the collision, activated his lights and followed the juvenile in an attempt to stop him.

Police say when the juvenile reached Albert Terrace he dropped his bicycle and immediately put both of his hands behind his back, frantically telling the officer to arrest him.

As the officer approached the teen said, "I'm sorry officer, I have a gun on me, this boy told me to get rid of it," according to police.

The juvenile was placed in handcuffs, and in his pocket the officer found a 9mm semi-automatic handgun that was fully loaded with 15 live rounds of ammunition in the magazine and one live round in the chamber.

Police say they later learned the juvenile had been given the firearm earlier in the day by an older male who told him to hide the weapon.

The juvenile was charged with criminal possession of a firearm and criminal possession of a weapon and sent to the Hillbrook Detention Center.

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