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March 9, 2014

Haverhill police chase leads to recovery of handgun

HAVERHILL — The Massachusetts State Police Air Support Unit helped Haverhill police track down a suspect from the sky Friday night after an argument involving three men quickly escalated into potential violence.

At around 7:18 p.m. concern neighbors notified the Police Department about a disturbance involving multiple men with guns at 93 High St., near the intersection of Jackson Street.

When officers Jamie Landry and Bryan Bailey arrived, they found three men arguing in the street, according to Haverhill Police Deputy Chief Donald E. Thompson. When police approached the men, two of them immediately reached into their pockets as if they were trying to conceal something, Thompson said.

When police asked the men to remove whatever they had from their pockets, the men fled in opposite directions on foot, he said.

Officers quickly captured Marion Wilder, 23, of Amesbury on High Street. When police caught up with Wilder, he dropped a .22 caliber handgun in the snow, according to Thompson

Wilder is being charged with carrying an unlicensed firearm. Police also discovered Wilder has an active warrant out of Newburyport District Court for assault and battery causing substantial bodily injury.

Police are still on the lookout for the second man that fled from the scene.

Massachusetts State Police assisted in the search by sending out helicopters from Newbury barracks and their K-9 unit.

As police searched throughout Haverhill for the second man, Twitter became abuzz with many residents wondering what the commotion was all about.

Police say they know who the second suspect is, but are not revealing his information to the public yet. The investigation continues.

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