Pittsfield man facing felony weapons charge

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PITTSFIELD — A city man faces felony weapons charges after allegedly being found with a loaded, unlicensed revolver in his vehicle Sunday evening.

Steven Sumpter, 22, of Appleton Avenue, was involved in an argument earlier in the day that ended with Sumpter allegedly taking, "a swing," at the other male involved, hitting him in the shoulder and saying he'd be back later with a gun, according to court records.

This marks the second recent city arrest involving loaded weapons; a 16-year-old male was arrested following a shooting on Friday afternoon. He faces gun charges, but has not been charged in the shooting.

Police were called after Sumpter's alleged threat and arrived at Copley Terrace about 3:20 p.m. and found Sumpter was seated in his vehicle.

Officers asked Sumpter out of the car, searched him for weapons and found none.

Police asked Sumpter if they could check inside of the vehicle and were allegedly told, "No, do what you need to do, because you're probably going to do it anyways," according to court files.

Police found a .357 Smith & Wesson revolver loaded with six rounds, as well as 13 other live rounds of ammunition and two spent shell casings.

Sumpter has no license for the weapon nor the ammunition, according to police. He allegedly told police he forgot the pistol was in the vehicle.

He pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Monday to charges of possession of a loaded firearm, possession of ammunition without a firearms identification card and assault and battery.

Judge Michael Ripps released him on $5,000 bail, which was posted Monday, according to the court clerk's office.

Sumpter is due back in court on April 14 for a pretrial hearing.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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