PATERSON, NJ - Several members of the Paterson Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit fished a handgun out of backyard pool Thursday.

According to Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale, the incident started at approximately 11:10 p.m. when Detectives Mohammad Bashir, Mustafa Dombayci, and Yamil Pimienta observed a group of males congregating on the grounds of Public School #26, allegedly acting disorderly by playing loud music and consuming alcohol. 

As Detectives exited their vehicles to investigate further, one of the males, later identified as Daniel Morgan, 26, Paterson, walked away from the group and attempted to conceal an object in his waistband while behind a parked vehicle.

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Morgan began to run, launching a foot chase during which Det. Bashir observed the suspect throw a handgun over a fence and into the rear yard of a residence in the 500 block of 11th Avenue. Morgan was apprehended in a yard on East 31st Street after failing to scale a fence.

While searching the area where the gun was discarded Det. Dombayci observed the weapon at the bottom of a pool in the yard of the residence. The handgun was subsequently recovered from the bottom of the pool by detectives. 

Morgan was transported to police headquarters for processing, and will be detained at the Passaic County Jail pending an initial judicial hearing. The recovered firearm will be submitted to the New Jersey State Police Ballistics Laboratory for further examination. 

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