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Quincy police seek man after finding gun

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  April 17, 2013 11:53 AM

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Police have put out an arrest warrant for a 20-year-old Quincy resident who they claim was carrying a gun without a permit.

According to police, a Quincy officer was driving around the city at about 1:20 a.m. this morning when he saw a car parked in a secluded area abutting marshland in Quincy.

The officer got out of his car and as he got closer to the suspect’s vehicle, could smell marijuana, police said. The officer questioned the male driver and female passenger about it, and both admitted that they had been smoking it in the car.

The officer asked for the suspect’s license, but he said he didn’t have it on him. After looking it up in the computer, the officer discovered that the suspect’s license had been suspended.

According to police, the officer told the suspect he would have to tow the car, as he wasn’t licensed to drive and the female passenger was under the influence of drugs.

While the officer was doing an inventory of the car, he noticed something silver under the driver’s seat. Upon further inspection, the officer discovered that it was a .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun with one round in the chamber.

As the officer pulled the gun from out of the car, the suspect ran away.

Police have put out a warrant for James Ford, 20, from Quincy. He will be charged with illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition, and operating after suspension.

The female passenger did not run away and will not be charged.

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