A city man allegedly in possession of a handgun led a police officer on chase through Fair Street Sunday night before falling to the ground, according to public safety director Jerry Speziale.
Kassiem McKinney, 27-year-old, ran on Fair Street towards Rosa Parks Boulevard at around 7:51 p.m. He lost his footing and fell to the ground mid-way through the chase.
McKinney discarded a loaded Ruger LC9S 9MM handgun during the chase. He tried to get up and flee, but was tackled to the ground and placed under arrest after a short struggle, police said.
McKinney was charged with obstructing justice, unlawful possession of a handgun, hollow point ammunition, certain persons not to possess a weapon, and hindering apprehension. He also had two warrants out of Haledon, police said.
Police said McKinney provided a fake name when police officers pulled over a vehicle in which he was a passenger. He told police his name is “Jaques Stewart,” but appeared to have a difficult time spelling the name for the officers.
Police officers James Iandoli and Joseph Rodriguez conducted the motor vehicle stop and made the arrest.