Police say fleeing suspect threw away defaced handgun

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – State Police recovered a defaced handgun after chasing down a man who bolted from a vehicle on Freeman Street in Buffalo Monday afternoon.

Troopers attempted to stop a red Saturn Ion around 4:45 p.m. because the passenger was not wearing a seat belt. But as the vehicle came to a stop, the passenger got out of the vehicle and took off running. One trooper gave chase and with the help of Buffalo Police caught up to the suspect, 22-year-old Demario Moorman, between a garage and fence on Copsewood Street.

Officers say as he was running, Moorman threw a handgun into a neighboring yard. It was recovered and police say its serial number had been defaced.

A second trooper attempted to stop the driver, who took off onto Collingwood before stopping and fleeing on foot. But the suspect escaped through backyards.

Moorman is facing numerous charges, including second degree criminal possession of a weapon, third degree criminal possession of weapon, second degree obstructing government administration, resisting arrest, third degree unlawful fleeing a police officer and not wearing a seat belt.

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