A traffic violation in southwest Fresno led officers to a loaded firearm and narcotics, police said.
Officers were in their patrol car as they followed a suspicious vehicle as it circled the area of California and Lee avenues around 6 p.m. March 2, Sgt. Chris Desmond said. The car then made a sudden turn, cutting off another vehicle.
The car drove a short distance after officers tried to conduct a traffic stop, Desmond said. Eventually the vehicle made a sudden stop in the back of a housing project near Maud and California avenues.
Christopher Madden, 32, opened the front passenger-side door and ran from officers, Desmond said. Officers yelled commands at Madden and he quickly ran back to the open car door. A gun flew from within the car and landed at Madden’s feet as he stood next to the car with his hands raised, Desmond said.
Officers were able to quickly detain the passenger and the driver without further incident and found both Madden and the driver, Brian Revis, 31, to be intoxicated, Desmond said. Officers determined that Madden was on probation for firearms-related charges and had a bottle in his pocket that contained pills, cocaine and marijuana.
Revis also had prior convictions for firearms-related charges, Desmond said. Officers also learned that the gun that was thrown from the car was a loaded 9mm handgun that had been stolen from Texas several years ago.
Revis was booked into the Fresno County jail on multiple firearms charges. Madden was booked on several narcotics charges and was later released on bond, according to jail records. Both have ties to west Fresno gangs.