Richmond police detectives say they have been patrolling known gang areas on a daily basis following a recent rash of gun violence in the city.
The heightened patrols led to a bust on Tuesday during which a 21-year-old man pulled a handgun from his waistband while running from police, then tossed it over a fence into a backyard of the Crescent Park housing projects, according to police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov.
No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.
Gang detectives were patrolling the 4900 block of Hartnett Avenue about 4:50 p.m. when the 21-year-old saw them and started running, Abetkov said. The officers followed the man and saw him reach into his waistband and then throw a .45 caliber handgun, said Abetkov, who credited the officers for showing restraint.
Officers caught up to and arrested the suspect, identified as Richmond resident Jacob Colbert.
Richmond police have been patrolling known gang areas in Richmond following a double homicide in the Iron Triangle neighborhood on Saturday. The killings occurred on the same block where more than 40 rounds were fired into an apartment building two days before.
Abetkov said the detectives are “pretty familiar with the individuals who are involved in gang activity” and have been monitoring their activity in known gang spots.