New Bedford Police Seize Firearm From Intoxicated Man
NEW BEDFORD — New Bedford Police were able to safely take a loaded firearm away from a man they say was highly intoxicated in the city’s North End.
On May 28 at approximately 2 a.m., patrol units responded to 1623 Acushnet Avenue for a report of a man with a firearm. Officers located the man seated in the rear of a vehicle. He was later identified as Nilton Miranda, 25.
Police say Miranda would not heed repeated commands to show his hands, and instead reached for a small bag on the seat next to him. Officers safely removed him from the vehicle, and discovered that the bag contained a Smith & Wesson .45-caliber automatic handgun with one round in the chamber.
According to police, Miranda had no firearms license and was also highly intoxicated. He was taken into custody and charged with carrying a loaded firearm, possession of ammunition and disturbing the peace.
Miranda also has an open case out of Brockton District Court for possession of a Class A substance with intent to distribute.