Police arrested an Evanston man Sunday in connection with unlawful possession of a loaded gun. The man, Jamir Johnson, is a convicted felon, police said.
Officers observed Johnson with the gun when they stopped the car he was in for a routine traffic violation at 1:25 a.m. Police said they saw Johnson sitting in the car’s passenger seat holding the weapon.
Johnson, 21, fled the scene on foot when officers attempted to take him into custody. Police caught up with him along the Chicago Transit Authority tracks near the 1400 block of Brummel Street. Officers recovered a loaded 9mm handgun after arresting Johnson. Police said he resisted arrest and that the two arresting officers suffered minor injuries.
The Evanston man was on parole at the time of arrest and the Illinois Department of Corrections issued a parole violation warrant following the incident, police said. Police arrested Johnson in connection with four charges, including unlawful use of a weapon by a convicted felon and two counts of aggravated battery to a peace officer.
Johnson is scheduled to appear in bond court Monday afternoon.
“The Evanston Police Department strictly enforces individuals illegally possessing firearms as a part of a violence reduction strategy,” Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said in a news release.