Woman arrested after tossing illegal gun


WATSONVILLE — A Watsonville woman was arrested Monday after she reportedly tossed a sawed-off shotgun before leading police on a short foot chase.

Matylde Murrieta, 38, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, carrying a loaded firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.

She is also charged with altering the gun.

As a felon, Murieta is legally prohibited from having guns.

According to Watsonville Police spokeswoman Michelle Pulido, an officer came across Murrieta while doing foot patrol on the levee at Walker Street. Murrieta reportedly fled toward the river when she saw the officer, and tossed the gun.

A search after she was captured turned up a shotgun shell hidden on her sweater, Pulido said.

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