Thursday, July 10, 2008
Police Catch Gang Members With Trooper's Weapon
July 10, 2008 05:15 PM CDT Channel 5 news NASHVILLE, Tenn.- A gun that belongs to a state trooper got into the hands of gang members, but thanks to quick action of one Metro Police officer the weapon is back where it belongs. It was along Murfreesboro Road where police arrested two members of the gang known as Brown Pride. They were spotted sitting in a stolen car at a nearby strip mall. One of the 15-year-olds was carrying a gun that was stolen from a state trooper's house in Clarksville. Trooper James Burns reported the weapon missing over the weekend. "Officer Steve Holiday saw two suspicious persons sitting in a vehicle over here. He walked up to talk to them and in his initial contact with them one of them told him he had a pistol in his waist band," said Russell Ward with Metro Police. Police said all it took was a glance, to see that the Glock .357 belonged to law enforcement. "It's stamped on the weapon. Our weapons are identifiable too. And theirs are the same weapon, it says Tennessee Highway patrol on the slot of the weapon," Russell Ward with Metro Police. Police said they aren't sure if the two teenagers are responsible for stealing the trooper's weapon or the vehicle they were in. Thursday night, both suspects were in jail.