Foot chase near Elk­ton yields loaded gun, ar­rest

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

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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.

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