“NEW BEDFORD – Patrol units responding to an emergency call at a local hotel have seized an illegal firearm.
On December 4th, at around 7 AM, patrol units were dispatched to the Marriot Fairfield Inn in response to an emergency call for assistance. As the officers dealt with the situation at hand, they located a Jennings 22 caliber handgun along with a magazine and ammunition in one of the rooms. The serial number of the gun had been defaced.
The owner of the firearm was determined to be Mr. JOSHUA BUTLER, 31, of New Bedford. BUTLER was located in the lobby of the hotel eating breakfast and was subsequently taken into custody. He has been charged with possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number and ammunition without a license.
The arresting officer was Matthew Couture.
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