Fitchcbug Man Faces Gun Charges After Traffic Stop
LEOMINSTER -- A Fitchburg man ended up in jail after a state trooper allegedly found an unlicensed and loaded handgun in his possession during a traffic stop on North Main Street on Tuesday morning.
Shavar A. Bellamy, 32, found in possession of a Colt .380 pistol, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition without a permit and possession of a firearm without a license, according to a State Police press release.
The arrest came after Trooper Joseph Hall stopped a 2007 Toyota Yaris for a recently canceled registration as he monitored traffic on North Main Street at around 8:50 a.m.
The trooper found the driver, 65-year-old Michael Magee, of Maynard, was operating with a suspended license, according to police.
Bellamy, a passenger in the car, initially provided police with a false name, police said. After being identified as Bellamy, the loaded handgun was allegedly found in his possession.
Bellamy was taken into custody and was held on $1,540 bail, according to state police.
State police charged Magee with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, an unregistered motor vehicle and an uninsured motor vehicle.
The 65-year-old was held on $40 bail.
Bellamy and Magee are slated to be arraigned in Leominster District Court on Tuesday morning.
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