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Suspected Gang Member Behind Bars, After Being Tased By Police
COLUMBUS (James Jackson) -- A routine traffic stop turns dangerous for police. They say a known gang member had a gun and ran from officers, before he was tased and taken into custody. It happened on Fairway Boulevard, near Hamilton Road, in Whitehall, early Monday morning and it was caught on dash camera.
Whitehall police pulled over a Chevy for speeding. They say the car was going 40 in a 25 mile per hour zone. When the car stopped, officers say one of it's passengers, Paul Chambers, started acting suspicious.
Sergeant. John Grebb says police told him to get in the car. "Almost immediately, the rear seat passenger got out. He was told to get back in the car," Sergeant Grebb said.
He got in, then got back out and made a break for it. Officers chased him. They say the guy dropped a handgun. "When you see somebody that possibly has a weapon, you're not going to move your attention anywhere else. You're going to solely focus on that person because they're the immediate danger," Sergeant Grebb said.
That's when an officer tased Chambers, but he kept running. They finally caught him and found a 30 round magazine in the area, which they say he dropped. It was the same caliber as his gun. Police say chambers put innocent people in harms way. "There's a danger to everybody in this situation. You don't know which direction the person's going. You don't know if he's still got the gun or other guns with him," Sergeant Grebb said.
Police tell ABC 6/FOX 28 Chambers is a known member of the Elaine Street Crips. He was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and obstructing official business.
Officers say Chambers told them he carries the gun for protection from people who want to harm him. Tonight, he's in the Franklin County Jail.