Police: Johnstown man ditches illegal gun while running from police in Altoona | WTAJ

ALTOONA, PA (WTAJ) – A 22-year-old Johnstown man is in Blair County jail after allegedly dropping a gun while escaping from Altoona police.

Terrell Williams was a passenger in a car that was stopped by Altoona police just before 2am on Sunday after the driver went the wrong way on a one-way street.

Police said Williams had an open bottle of D’usse cognac between his feet and a large bulge in his pocket. When asked to get out of the car, he grabbed his waistband and an officer grabbed his arm.

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He refused to put his hands on the hood of the car and reached into his waistband when an officer tried to grab his arm again. Williams pulled back and ran and police said he pulled out a gun and after walking between houses and houses trying to hide he was caught and arrested.

The gun, a 45-caliber Taurus semi-automatic pistol with a cartridge in the chamber and a blotted serial number, was found near where he started running a few meters away with a loaded 11-round magazine.

Body cam footage showed Williams with the gun in his left hand and showing him dropping it while running. Williams was arrested with drugs and two handguns in 2017 in a Logan township when he was 18 years old. He pleaded guilty to theft and drug charges and was sentenced to 16 to 36 months in prison.

Williams had his bail set at $ 150,000 and is charged, among other things, with illegally possessing a gun, carrying a gun without a license and offenses in which evidence was manipulated. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 24th.

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