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Somerville man faces new gun charges after police chase

Grand-Pierre was convicted of gun possession in the Suffolk County Gun Court in 2007. He faces several gun charges after yesterday’s chase and pleaded not guilty in Roxbury Municipal Court . Grand-Pierre was convicted of gun possession in the Suffolk County Gun Court in 2007. He faces several gun charges after yesterday’s chase and pleaded not guilty in Roxbury Municipal Court .
By John R. Ellement
Globe Staff / April 29, 2011

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A Somerville man who was previously convicted on an illegal gun possession charge is facing new allegations following an extensive police chase through Roxbury that ended with his arrest and recovery of two handguns.

A police officer stopped at a red light Wednesday night heard two gunshots while at the intersection of Melnea Cass Boulevard and Tremont Street.

Seconds later, the officer spotted a man in a gray hoodie and jeans run toward a car on Brook Marshall Road, police said.

Police said the officer alerted other officers and chased the vehicle from Brook Marshall Road onto a number of streets until the car finally stopped on Boston Housing Authority property.

The occupants of the car jumped out, and police followed the driver. They said they saw him holding his waist area as he ran. When the man ran past a large trash bin, police said, he was seen dumping objects inside, followed by the sound of metal striking metal. Officers later found a .22-caliber revolver and a .32-caliber revolver in the trash bin.

Police continued their pursuit and discovered Girold Grand-Pierre, 25, of Somerville, on the roof of an Annunciation Road building.

He was arrested and charged with two counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon in allegedly firing a gun; two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm; unlawful possession of ammunition; carrying a loaded firearm; two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, second offense; and refusal to submit to a police officer, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said.

A not-guilty plea was entered for Grand-Pierre at his arraignment in Roxbury Municipal Court yesterday, and he was being held on $20,000 cash bail, said Conley’s spokesman, Jake Wark.

Grand-Pierre was convicted of gun possession in the Suffolk County Gun Court in 2007 and sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison.

John Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com.