A Roosevelt man was arrested early Sunday and charged with criminal possession of a weapon after officers reported he threw a handgun over a fence while running from police, Nassau County police said.

Police said they saw a group of people drinking on Horace Avenue in Roosevelt at 12:40 a.m. and approached them.

As they drew near, Christopher Gaines, 20, started to walk away, then ran after the officers told him to stop, police said.

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Gaines was briefly chased by police, who said they saw him throw a handgun over a fence. The officers overtook Gaines and arrested him, then found a loaded silver Jennings .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun at the fence, according to police. The handgun's serial number had been defaced, police said.

Gaines was charged with second- and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. At his arraignment on Sunday at First District Court in Hempstead, Gaines was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail or $40,000 bond, according to court records. He is due back in court on Wednesday.