It started as a routine traffic stop early yesterday, but ended with the arrest of a parolee after a scuffle over a handgun.

Jamir Johnson, 21, of 2209 Madison St., was a passenger in a car that was pulled over at about 1:25 a.m. near the intersection of Ashland Avenue and Dobson Street, when officers noted he had a handgun.

Johnson attempted to flee the scene on foot, but was taken into custody a short time later near the fence line along the CTA tracks in the 1400 block of Brummel Street after fighting with officers.

A loaded 9mm handgun was recovered during the incident and the two arresting officers suffered minor bruising and abrasions as a result of the arrest.

The charges against Johnson included unlawful use of a weapon by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm without a Firearm Owners Identification, aggravated battery to a peace officer (2 counts) and resisting a peace officer (2 counts).

Commander Jay Parrott noted that “the Evanston Police Department strictly enforces individuals illegally possessing firearms as a part of a violence reduction strategy.”

Johnson was scheduled to appear in bond court in Skokie this afternoon.

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Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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