PATERSON, NJ - An activation of the city’s gunshot detection system sent members of the Paterson Police Department to the area of North 11th and Clinton Street on Thursday, and led to the recovery of one handgun, Paterson Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale announced.

According to Speziale, Detectives William Hermann and Anthony Castronova  of the Street Crimes Unit were in the area at approximately 10:20 p.m. when they heard multiple shots coming from the area, while also receiving the “shots fired” alert.

As they approached the North 8th Street area, they observed  a male , later identified as Shamel Wilkins, who, upon noticing the detectives, is reported to have begun walking away while placing a firearm in his front pocket. This led to a pursuit on foot during which the suspect allegedly threw his firearm to the ground.

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Wilkins was eventually apprehended by Detective Hermann on North 9th Street while Detective Castronova recovered the weapon.

Speziale reported that this was the fifth gun removed from Paterson’s streets in May, and that it, like the others, would be submitted to the New Jersey State Police Laboratory for further examination related to their potential use in other incidents.

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