Another firearm taken off the street by good police work. This time it was a 20 gauge shotgun in possession by an 18 year old that was involved in a confrontation with other kids.
On August 5, 2017, at approximately 8:07 p.m., Dispatch provided information about a weapons offense which had just occurred in the Town of Madison. Dispatch information relayed was that a gold vehicle left with subjects involved who had just accosted other subjects with firearms. The vehicle was described as a gold sedan and was heading toward Seminole Highway. As Officer Weaver was at the intersection of Todd Drive and West Beltline Frontage he observed a gold Chrysler traveling eastbound on the Frontage Road. This vehicle was traveling obviously above the posted speed limits which Officer Weaver estimated visually to be 40-45 MPH in a posted 35 MPH speed zone. Officer Weaver conducted a data check on the vehicle and immediately noticed the license plates returned as suspended through Wisconsin Department of Transportation. As the vehicle turned onto Bryant Road, Officer Weaver saw a second subject in the rear sit up. Prior to this it appeared there was only the operator of the vehicle inside. Upon the second subject sitting up, it appeared he was reaching toward or leaning into the center section of the rear seat of the car. As Officer Weaver activated his squad car’s emergency light the vehicle turned onto Bryant Road, then abruptly turned onto Dottl Court.
Officer Weaver observed that the rear seat passenger attempted to exit the vehicle abruptly and without instructions and appeared as if he was turning away from Officer Weaver to run away. Officer Weaver verbally directed the defendant back into the vehicle. Officer Weaver asked the defendant what had happened at Marlborough Park, and he stated something to the effect of “Some guys came up on and I did what I had to do.” The defendant stated something to the effect of, “That’s all I’m going to say about that.” Officer Weaver conducted a frisk of the vehicle. Upon opening the pass-through which was mounted to the seat back of the rear seat, Officer Weaver observed the muzzle of what appeared to be a shotgun in the trunk of the vehicle. Officer Weaver noted the muzzle was up against the pass-through and the pass-through was in the location where the defendant was observed leaning toward or attempting to duck down toward. Upon opening the trunk area, Officer Weaver observed the shotgun and recognized it through his past experience as being a Remington 870 model shotgun.