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Police arrest McKeesport man for handgun possession

| Thursday, May 22, 2014, 3:11 a.m.

McKeesport police working a special anti-drug detail arrested a city man who was allegedly in possession of a handgun he wasn't permitted to carry.

Davon Wyatt, 27, of McKeesport is accused of fleeing from police when officers approached him and a group of other men who were in the 600 block of Sixth Avenue shortly before 11 p.m. on Tuesday.

The officers were on an anti-drug patrol detail funded by the Allegheny County District Attorney's Narcotics Enforcement Team.

“One of the males started to walk away and grabbed his waist band,” said McKeesport police Capt. Tim Hanna. “He then started to run towards McKeesport Mills” housing complex.

Hanna said Wyatt continued to hold his waistband during the chase until he allegedly removed a silver .45-caliber Ruger semiautomatic pistol from his waistband and tossed it over a fence. Police said the gun was loaded with a bullet in the chamber.

Police apprehended Wyatt shortly thereafter then retrieved the handgun.

Wyatt was arraigned on charges of carrying a firearm without a license, persons not to possess a firearm and disorderly conduct before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi in McKeesport on Wednesday. He is being held on $10,000 bail in Allegheny County Jail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 2.

Hanna said the arrest underscores the value of the DANET program.

“The manpower (for added drug patrols) is paid for by the district attorney's office. We wouldn't be able to do these things if it wasn't them,” Hanna said. “It's nice when these details pay off with arrests.”

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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