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On Monday, January 15, 2024, around 3:27 a.m., Officer Rajchel and his partner K9 Chiro were assigned to help other Officers dealing with a domestic incident with a weapon call in the 200 block of Niagara Street. Officers were able to obtain a suspect description for whom they believed was involved in the incident, and began searching the area.

Officer Rajchel observed a man matching the description given by Officers walking on Oswego Street. Shortly after advising other Officers, Officer McGraw was on scene and attempted to approach the man, causing him to flee. After a short foot pursuit, Officers were able to take the man into custody. When the suspect was searched, he was found with a magazine for a firearm, but did not have the weapon on him. After searching the path the suspect took, K9 Chiro was able to locate a Glock .40 handgun, with an extended magazine, in the backyard of a home on Gifford Street.

The suspect, identified as 33-year-old Hector Bonnet Matrille, was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree and Criminal Possession of a Firearm.

We would like to thank Officer Rajchel for locating the suspect, as well as K9 Chiro for his assistance in locating and securing the firearm. Your assistance helped to get another illegal firearm off of the streets of Syracuse.

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