A Riviera Beach man faces multiple gun and ammunition possession charges after police found a semi-automatic pistol loaded with more than a dozen hollow-point bullets in his pants.
Riviera Beach police arrested Terell C. Mathews, 21, on resisting arrest, loitering, escape and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon charges, according to an arrest report.
At around midnight Tuesday, police responded to a call about two juveniles sitting outside a vacant house in the 2400 block of West 25th Street.
When officers arrived, they found Mathews and a woman on a stoop outside the house. The couple got up and walked next door while police tried to stop them for questioning.
An officer reached for Mathews’ arm, but Mathews pulled away and tried to flee. Police then grabbed him and took him down.
During the struggle, the report states, officers used a Taser to subdue Mathews after they saw him reach into his pocket. Mathews tried to escape, but officers held him down until backup arrived.
Once in handcuffs, police found a Ruger 9 mm semi-automatic pistol loaded with 15 bullets in his pocket. Ten of the bullets were Black Talon 9 mm hollow-point bullets. The rounds are known as “cop killers” because of their ability to penetrate body armor, the report states.
After Mathews’ arrest, police learned Mathews had a history of concealed firearm arrests. When officers asked why he had so many gun charges, Mathews said he’d been shot twice in the past.
Mathews was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail at around 7 a.m. Wednesday, where he remained today in lieu of a $150,000 bail, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.