New Haven police arrest man who keeps dropping his gun

Stephen Lamar Hamrick (Photo: New Haven Police)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – New Haven police have arrested a man who they say had some trouble holding on to his gun. Just after 10 p.m. Sunday night, police were called to Chatham Street, about two groups of men that were in a fight. As the men took off, the caller said she saw a gun fall out of the waistband of one of the men’s pants. She says he picked it up and took off.

The woman gave police a description of the man, and about 40 minutes later they found someone matching the description. Police say despite the warm night, the man was wearing a sweatshirt. They say while he was walking, his left arm swung normally by his side, but his right arm was clutched against his body at his waist.

When officers approached Stephen Hamrick, 24, they say he took off. While he was running police say he dropped a loaded Glock 9mm pistol in someone’s backyard. Police found the gun, and arrested Hamrick a short time later.

Police say Hamrick doesn’t have a pistol permit, and the gun wasn’t registered. Hamrick was charged with carrying a pistol without a permit and interfering with police.

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