Syracuse man arrested with stolen handgun swallows drugs

A Syracuse man was arrested after police responded to a report of a suspicious person with a gun around 11:00 p.m. Tuesday in the area 200 block of Dudley Street.

Police say that upon arrival, they approach a man who matched the description of the suspect.

The man took off running and stumbled before falling to the ground. Police say he dropped a loaded 40 caliber semi-automatic handgun with a high capacity magazine on the ground as he attempted to get up. It was later determined that the handgun had been reported stolen.

Police arrested the suspect, who was identified as 26-year-old Lavaughn Polk of 345 Garfield Avenue.

Police say Polk was in possession of various controlled substances when he was taken into custody, and he attempted to ingest some of them before being arrested.

Polk was charged with the felonies of criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of stolen property, criminal possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, unlawful possession of an ammunition feeding device, and open container and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Polk was transported to Upstate Hospital as a precautionary measure for possible drug ingestion.

Polk will be arraigned in Syracuse City Criminal Court after he is cleared medically.