Evanston police say an early morning traffic stop Tuesday led to the recovery of a loaded handgun.

Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says officers on patrol noticed a car heading west on Main Street turn right onto Fowler Avenue about 1:40 a.m. without signaling for the turn.

When they pulled the car over a block away in the 2300 block of Bradley Place, Dugan says, the rear seat passenger, known to the officers as Terrell Wright, got out of the car and began to walk away while clutching the right side of his waistband.

Dugan says Wright then began to run from the officers and they saw that he had a handgun in his waistband. In the 900 block of Pitner Avenue, Dugan says, Wright fell on the snow and attempted to throw the handgun.

He was taken into custody, and, Dugan says, the officers recovered a loaded Glock .40 caliber handgun. Police say Wright was later found to also have a plastic baggie containing about four grams of cannabis.

Wright, 20, of 1627 Monroe St. in Evanton, has now been charged with unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of cannabis.

The adult female driver of the vehicle and an adult male and female passenger were released without charges.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Guns, Guns, and more Guns

    Thank you EPD for another great job. More and more random traffic stops continue to yield guns. Will 2017 result in any constructive changes or is it just wishful thinking? Will we just have another vigil after someone else gets shot and killed? Will we just continue to look the other way? What will we do?

    1. Continueto do your job. Two
      Continueto do your job. Two thumbs up to the EPD. I know first hand you guys have some great officers. Stay safe out there and keep a foot on those guys necks.

    2. EPD

      YES…thank you for the many arrests that all of you make…..and thank these morons for their lack of intelligence!

  2. My respect for our police

    My respect for our police officers is ever-increasing.  What challenges they deal with for our benefit!

  3. Thank goodness for Evanston’s diversity
    Thank goodness for Evanston’s rich cultural diversity. Unlike other North Shore suburbs, we don’t need to import dangerous losers from elsewhere. We grow our own right here.This way our children are exposed at a young age to all kinds of people and don’t grow up thinking everyone looks and acts like them. Since our scumbags are locally sourced, it means a smaller carbon footprint that’s better for “the environment,” which we also talk about endlessly.

  4. Won’t matter
    Excellent work by the Evanston PD. But this guy will be back on the street in weeks, until he eventually kills someone.

    When the political left endorses mandatory minimum for any gun crime, then I’ll believe they actually care about gun crime.

    They oppose mandatory minimums. They oppose broken windows. They oppose stop and frisk. But they want crime down. Sure!

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