Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Syracuse Police recovered a weapon after a suspect fought them during a traffic stop on the city’s East Side early Sunday morning.
A second person fled the scene and has not been arrested.
According to police, they saw a 2000 Chevy Venture with only one working headlight around 1:55 a.m. on the 300 block of Ellis Street. When they tried to pull the car over, the driver took off.
While they were following the vehicle, police say they saw someone throw what looked like a rifle out of the car on the 1000 block of Westmoreland Avenue.
A short distance later, a passenger jumped out of the car and ran away.
When the car reached the intersection of Nottingham and Tecumseh roads, the driver allegedly got out of the car and fought with police.
They took 35-year-old Willie Strong, of Sunflower Drive, Salina, into custody after a brief struggle.
They also found a shotgun on Westmoreland Avenue.
They charged Strong with criminal possession of a weapon and assault of a police officer, both felonies; and reckless driving, resisting arrest, and aggravated unlicensed operation, all misdemeanors; as well as several traffic violations.
He was taken to the Justice Center and will be arraigned in Syracuse City Court.