Chattanooga Police in the right place at the right time.
originally posted by by John Madewell Friday, July 8th 2016
The Chattanooga police department is removing illegal guns off the street at a rapid rate. Earlier this week, a violent crime happened and two officers were in the right place at the right time. Good police work and solid gang intelligence stopped any other violence from happening. Bullets riddled an East Chattanooga house Wednesday night. A man and six children were inside. Fortunately, no one was hit.
A BOLO for a black Chevy Impala went out. Two officers were at Roanoke Avenue and Wilcox Boulevard. Sgt. Josh May explained what happened next, “We do know that vehicle matched the description of a car that was involved in shots fired on a house where a house was struck.” A short chase followed. Police said four Gangsta Disciples were inside the car.
The chase ended at Olive Street and Roanoke Avenue. The two officers chasing say the group tossed out two 9 millimeter guns and a .45 handgun. Officers and a Collegedale K-9 unit found all three guns. They were all chambered with full magazines. Sgt May noted, “If we don’t find those guns, someone else might. And that someone else doesn’t have to be a 17-year-old kid, it could be a four-year-old kid.” Jennifer Brewster lives on one corner where the chase happened.
On that same night, her sister heard gunshots outside of their house. Brewster said, “It’s just getting ridiculous and it’s like, it’s sad to say you can’t hardly walk the streets.” NewsChannel 9 informed Brewster about the officers getting the gangsters and guns off the street. She was grateful, but sees a greater need. “They need to have more law enforcement in the area, patrolling the area.” Sergeant May is over the Special Action Teams. Officers volunteer to patrol “hot zones” with known gang activity. “I brief them, give them information, give them intelligence, let ’em know who we’re looking for, what’s the climate on the street.” According to the Chattanooga Police Department, officers are pulling about 20 illegal guns a week off the streets. Last month, they recovered 82 guns. And 530 this year. Sergeant May said it’s an intergral part of the job. “We have officers out here making good stops, making gun arrests and getting those guns off the street, hopefully keeping people alive.” In July alone, CPD officers have already recovered 27 illegal guns. Officers charged all four men in this case with possession of a gun and intent to go armed.