An Evanston man, pulled over Wednesday in the 2300 block of Emerson Street for a minor traffic violation, was found to be in possession of a handgun that was reported stolen in Waukegan, according to Evanston police.

The suspect, identified as Tyrone E. Gibbs, 24, of 2116 Emerson St., attracted the officer’s attention by continuing to look down towards the floorboard of the vehicle, according to EPD Cmdr. Joseph Dugan.

As Gibbs exited the vehicle, police said, a loaded Stoeger 9 mm handgun was recovered from under the front drivers seat. A check of the handgun revealed it to be one stolen earlier in Waukegan, Dugan said.

Gibbs was transported to EPD headquarters and charged with aggregated unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a stolen firearm, two counts of no valid firearm owner’s identification card, plus two traffic violations, Dugan said.

Gibbs is due in Skokie Court on Jan. 20 at 10:30 a.m.

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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