Foot chase near Elkton yields loaded gun, arrest
— A foot chase near Elkton ended with officers capturing a Delaware man and confiscating a loaded, stolen handgun and more than an ounce of marijuana from him, police reported.
Dfc. Joseph Cunningham, of the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office, arrested the suspect, Malik J. Chambers, 26, of Newark, Del., about 10:30 p.m. Friday after catching him in the woods near West Creek Village Drive, according to Cecil County District Court records.
Moments earlier, Cunningham had arrived to serve as a backup deputy during a traffic stop on Fletchwood Road near Peach Road, where fellow Dfc. Jeffrey Wathne had pulled over a black BMW for a violation, police said.
After Cunningham and Wathne noticed a “strong odor of marijuana” coming from the car and, as a result, started preparing for a
search, the backseat passenger, later identified as Chambers, got out of the vehicle and ran away in a northwesterly direction.
Cunningham chased as Chambers turned and ran north on West Creek Village Drive before darting across an open field and into a treeline, police reported.
A couple of times during the foot chase, Cunningham saw Chambers “grabbing at his waistband as if he were attempting to retrieve something,” according to charging documents, which also indicate that Chambers ignored Cunningham’s verbal commands to stop.
Chambers fell, but got up and ran deeper into the woods instead of heeding Cunningham’s order to stop, police said. A short distance later, police added, Chambers fell again but this time obeyed the deputy’s orders to stay still and show his hands.
After handcuffing Chambers and waiting for backup to arrive, Cunningham searched the suspect and found $690 and two plastic baggies holding a total of 31 grams of marijuana, police reported.
While searching the ground where Chambers had fallen, Cunningham also found a silver and black Walther PPK handgun, which was loaded and inside a holster, police said. A computer check later revealed that the handgun had been stolen from a residence in Willistown Township, Pa., police added.
Chambers is facing nine charges, including possession of a stolen firearm, resisting arrest, handgun on person, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and drug distribution while possessing a handgun, court records show.
Scheduled for a Nov. 9 preliminary hearing, Chambers is free on a $50,000 bond that he posted shortly after his arrest, according to court records.