Four people were arrested after a man threw a loaded gun from a vehicle during a police pursuit on Monday, leading authorities to a home that had marijuana growing in the backyard, Fresno police said.
When police tried pulling over Peter Bandaphone, 33, he led detectives on a pursuit that was called off to ensure the safety of other motorists, police said. His vehicle was found in a parking lot near Weber Avenue and Fountain Way when he ran from it after hitting a parked truck. Police also found a handgun that Bandaphone, a gang member, allegedly threw near Dakota and Marks avenues as he fled in his vehicle.
Detectives determined Bandaphone was living at a home in the 6500 block of South Cherry Avenue in Easton, which also had marijuana growing in the backyard. When a search warrant was served, a woman tried fleeing over a fence but was caught. Bandaphone and two others with felony warrants were arrested after a traffic stop on Highway 41 and American Avenue, police said.
The marijuana had a street value estimated at $100,000, police said.
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Bandaphone, who was on post-release community supervision, was arrested on suspicion of felony evading, firearm and ammunition charges, resisting arrest and hit and run, police said.