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Gunshot in Canal District Results in Foot Pursuit, Gun Arrest

Worcester, MA (July 21, 2017) – On Friday July 21st at about 1:50 AM, police received a ShotSpotter activation, indicating that one gunshot had been fired in the area of 24 Harrison St. Several officers were already in the area, and were told by witnesses that a male carrying a silver handgun had fled west on Harding St toward the intersection of Harding and Winter Streets.

In the area of Harding and Foster St, officers located a male, later identified as Koshmien Hampton-Mills, nineteen-years-old of 501 Plantation St, who matched the description. As officers approached him, he reached with his right hand into his right pocket. Officers ordered him to show his hands and drew their own firearms. Mr. Hampton-Mills began running west toward the Harding St side of the tunnel.

Two other officers approached on foot from the Harding St side and were able to tackle As Mr. Hampton-Mills tried to run past them, they were able to get their hands on him and bring him to the ground. After a brief struggle, Mr. Hampton-Mills was placed in handcuffs. A loaded silver handgun was located under him on the ground, in the area where he had previously been reaching. A check of the CJIS records system revealed that the firearm had been stolen from its lawful owner in New York in 2006. Mr. Hampton-Mills did not have a license to carry firearms.

Mr. Hampton-Mills is charged with Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a License, Carrying a Dangerous Weapon, Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Building, Possession of Ammunition without an FID card, Resisting Arrest, and Possession of a Stolen Firearm. He will be arraigned in Worcester District Court.

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