Man charged after being found in possession of firearm in Waterloo

Police have charged a man after he was found to be in possession of a firearm in Sydney’s inner city, NSW Police say.

Shortly before 2am today, police saw a man exit a building on Cope Street, Waterloo, wearing dark clothing and his face covered.

Police will allege the man began to ride his bicycle through Waterloo Green where police asked him to stop, however the man changed direction and continued riding his bike.

Officers followed the man and stopped him on John Street, Waterloo. An officer allegedly grabbed the man and in doing so, he felt what was believed to be a firearm.

The man broke free and allegedly attempted to withdraw the firearm as he fled the scene.

A short pursuit ensued with the man being caught, officers searched the man and allegedly located a gun and a hammer.

Officers attached to Redfern Local Area Command arrested the 43-year-old man. He was taken to Redfern Police Station where he was charged with possess shortened firearm, use weapon to avoid apprehension and possess house breaking implements.

The man has been bail refused to appear at Central Local Court today.

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