Traffic stops in Duquesne net 6 arrests
Two traffic stops in Duquesne netted three handguns and six arrests on Monday.
Police had to use a Taser to subdue a man in one of the incidents after he allegedly tried to flee from police.
Police said Davar Reid, 26, pulled a 9 mm Smith & Wesson pistol out of his waistband as he was being ordered out of a car during a traffic stop in the area of Priscilla Avenue and Third Street at about 6:40 p.m. Police had stopped the vehicle in which Reid and three other men were traveling for failing to signal a turn.
When Reid, who was a front seat passenger, produced the gun and tried to run, police fired a Taser at him, according to Duquesne police Chief Richard Adams.
Adams said the Taser did not initially stop Reid, who then threw the gun in the air. At that point, police were physically able to knock Reid to the ground and discharge the Taser at him a second time.
Adams said the gun Reid allegedly was carrying was reported stolen from McKeesport and contained 16 bullets. The chief said it appeared an effort had been made to obliterate identifying numbers on the gun.
Reid consequently was charged with violating the uniform firearms act, receiving stolen property, resisting arrest and tampering with evidence.
Police also recovered a .40-caliber Taurus pistol containing nine bullets from the back seat area of the vehicle. Two passengers who were riding in the back — Duquesne residents Ronald Christian III, 18, and Mychael Reid, 27 — were charged with violating the uniform firearms act. Mychael Reid was charged with possession of marijuana.
The driver of the vehicle, Melvyn Johnson, 29, of Pittsburgh, was charged with failing to signal a turn and driving under suspension.
About an hour earlier, police had stopped another car in the area of Whitfield and S. Third streets for having expired inspection stickers.
During the stop, police discovered the driver, Brandon Redden, 20, of McKeesport, was wanted on an active bench warrant for a probation violation.
During his arrest, passenger Jordell Pirl, 20, of McKeesport was asked to exit the car. As he got out, police noticed the handle of a .40-caliber Glock pistol protruding from the pocket of his hooded sweatshirt, Adams said.
Adams said that gun contained 13 rounds. Police have yet to locate the owner of the firearm to determine if it was stolen.
Pirl was taken to Allegheny County Jail.
Redden was charged with driving under suspension and driving with an expired inspection sticker.
Adams said the two incidents don't appear to be related.
Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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