A 30-year-old Hoquiam man was arrested Tuesday night after attempting to flee on foot from Aberdeen Officers during a traffic stop. The department said in a press release that two Aberdeen Police Officers were working a Pro-Active enforcement detail around 8:36 PM Tuesday night. The officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation and contacted the male driver, who was making furtive movements around the console area of the car.
The driver exited the car and as the officer went to detain him, fled on foot. Officers caught the subject a short distance later and he continued to resist their efforts to detain him while attempting to reach to his hip area. Officers heard something metallic drop to the ground and observed the suspect was wearing an empty gun holster. As the struggled continued, officers observed a revolver on the ground. Officers were able to successfully deploy a Taser and the suspect was handcuffed. Officers located a fixed blade knife on his waistband and determined the handgun was loaded, and more ammunition was located on his person.
The suspect is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing a firearm.
The officers and suspect sustained minor scrapes and abrasions during the incident. The suspect was booked into the city of Aberdeen Jail and is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, obstructing a law enforcement officer, and resisting arrest. Additional charges may be forthcoming after the completion of a search warrant on the suspect’s vehicle this afternoon.