- Associated Press - Friday, June 19, 2015

BALTIMORE (AP) - A man has been indicted on a weapons charge connected to a foot chase with police days after riots rocked Baltimore, as tensions were still running high and a large police presence remained in the worst-hit neighborhood.

In a news release announcing a federal indictment against the man who allegedly had the weapon, U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said the man repeatedly screamed as if he had been hurt. A gunshot was heard, but no one was hit and no one was injured.

Rosenstein said bystanders threw bricks and bottles at police officers stationed in the Penn North neighborhood.

On Thursday, a federal grand jury indicted Robert Tucker, 23, of Baltimore on a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon in the May 4 incident.

Rosenstein said as officers approached Tucker, he ran and threw a Ruger Blackhawk .357 handgun to the ground, causing it to discharge.

The incident inflamed tensions after a period of uneasy calm, with some protesters chanting, “Black community, control the police!”

Penn North was particularly hard-hit with looting, vandalism and arson after Freddie Gray died in April after sustaining an injury while in police custody. Six police officers have been charged in his death.

Rosenstein said, “Police officers save lives when they detect, investigate and arrest armed criminals, and we are thankful for their proactive work.”

Tucker is in state custody on charges relating to the May 4 incident. Online federal court records do not list a lawyer for him.

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