UTICA — A Utica man was charged with weapons possession after a handgun was discovered during a traffic stop in the city Tuesday night, according to law enforcement officials.
Meanwhile, another gun was seized during a mental health investigation Tuesday afternoon.
Police said David Cosimeno, 19, was pulled over for a vehicle and traffic violation on the Arterial at French Road at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Once stopped, police said they spotted spent bullet casings into the vehicle, and a search located a loaded 9mm handgun in the center console.
Police said Cosimeno was also found with live 9mm ammunition on his person.
Cosimeno is charged with one count each of second-degree possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm, police stated. He is scheduled to appear in City Court.
Meanwhile, police said they responded to a residence on Lynch Avenue at about 3:10 p.m. Tuesday for a welfare check regarding concerning messages reported to the department. Police said the man they were searching for answered the door holding a semi-automatic handgun, and he was detained and the weapon seized.
Police said the man was taken to a local hospital for mental health treatment. No charges have been filed as of yet.