EATON COUNTY, MI – A suspicious situation turns dangerous for a Deputy which resulted in the arrest of one suspect who had drugs and loaded pistol.
At 2:11 am on January 22nd, 2015 Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Andrew Stopczynski observed suspicious behavior as he made contact with a male standing near an occupied vehicle at a closed business on Waverly road in Delta Twp.
As the vehicle left abruptly, the male that had been standing near the vehicle was contacted by Deputy Stopczynski who observed indicators causing him to suspect the male was in possession of narcotics.
The suspect also began repeatedly reaching into his pockets, jacket and in his waistband area despite orders not to do so, and then suddenly fled.
The suspect was apprehended by Deputy Stopczynski. Suspected marijuana and other controlled substances were found in the jacket/vest the suspect had been reaching into. Deputies also found a freshly discarded loaded semi-automatic 9mm caliber pistol on the path of the foot pursuit.
As the suspect was being transported to the county jail, the same vehicle that had abruptly left at the beginning of the incident returned and began closely following the patrol car.
The vehicle was stopped and the 18 year old driver, also a Lansing resident was subsequently arrested for Operating While Intoxicated.