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Police searching for suspect who fired handgun in Calverton neighborhood

A Riverhead Town police officer chased a suspect who pulled out a handgun and fired a shot into the roadway in Calverton Sunday night.

The officer, while on a routine patrol, came upon a group of approximately 20 people in the road at the corner of Kay Road and Calverton Court at about 8:10 p.m. and it appeared the people were about to engage in a fight, according to Riverhead Town police. A man in the group then pulled out the handgun and pointed it toward the group before firing into the ground, police said.

The officer activated his overhead lights and people in the group began to disperse. The officer chased the suspect behind a home on Kay Road where he lost sight of him, police said. Additional officers responded to the area, including a K-9 unit, to search for the suspect, who ended up eluding custody.

No injuries were reported.

The incident remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call police at 631-727-4500.

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