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Brockton man with gun arrested after police are called to parking lot of Harwich Shaw's

Gym bag containing pistol found hidden in mulch on Sisson Road

HARWICH - Around 8:45 p.m. Saturday night, Harwich police responded to the report of an intoxicated and armed man in the parking lot of Shaw's Supermarket on Sisson Road. According to a Harwich police release, the man's girlfriend had phoned police and said she and her boyfriend had had an argument and that was waiting in the store until officers arrived. She also told police that her boyfriend was carrying a black handgun in a gym bag.

Police Patrol Sergeant Kevin Considine and Patrol Officers Keith Kannally, Robert Horgan, Rick Buttrick and Mark Holmes arrived at the parking lot where they cordoned off the area and began searching for the suspect.

The suspect, identified as 51-year-old James Aylward of Brockton, was found walking on Sisson Road. Aylward was ordered to the ground at gunpoint and handcuffed, police said. Officers searched the area and found a black gym bag hidden in mulch and leaves.  The bag reportedly belonging to Aylward contained a loaded .380 caliber handgun, police said.

Aylward was placed under arrest and transported to the Harwich Police Station for processing.  He was charged with carrying a firearm without a license, carrying a dangerous weapon, possessing a firearm without an FID card.  He was held on $500 cash bail until his arraignment in Orleans District Court Monday morning.

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