Updated (10:30 a.m.): The handgun seen in the possession of a man on Roanoke Avenue early this morning turned out to be a BB gun, Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller said in a phone interview.
No charges have been brought, though the case is still an active investigation, the chief said.
A 911 caller at about 7:40 a.m. reported seeing a man with a handgun on Roanoke Avenue opposite Riverhead Cemetery.
Riverhead Police units descended on the area in search of the subject, who was described as a Hispanic male. The caller reported seen the man, who was accompanied by a female, stuff the handgun in the front of his pants. He reportedly then entered a house at 840 Roanoke Avenue.
Police shut down Roanoke Avenue between Pulaski and Cranberry streets as they searched for the man. He called police headquarters to say he was in a second-floor apartment in a house police units had surrounded and would exit the house from a back door. He did so and was detained without incident, police said.
A nearby day care center and the school district were quickly notified of the incident and then notified as soon as it was resolved.
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