Cedric Dockery, 31, and Priest Williamson, 36, were taken into custody Monday morning. Both live in the 3200-block of W. Arthington.
Austin District police officers were responding to an unrelated call around 5:40 a.m. Monday when they heard shots fired in an alley in the 5000-block of W. Chicago Ave. While investigating the alley, police found Dockery, who fled with the gun.
Officers pursued Dockery on foot, and he threw the AK-47 over a fence where Williamson picked it up and fled. Dockery tried to climb the fence, but an officer caught and arrested him. Dockery became combative during the arrest and was taken into custody.
Williamson was apprehended without incident shortly after Dockery's arrest. Officers later recovered the gun.
Both men were charged with unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and possession of ammunition, as well as other charges.
One officer was slightly hurt and was treated and released by an area hospital.
Officers from the Austin and Grand Central Districts worked on the case and were assisted by a concerned citizen.
Dockery and Williamson were set to appear in Central Bond court at 26th and California Monday.