By Bonnie Culverhouse
The middle of the road may not be the best place for any kind of transaction, as one man discovered recently.
Minden Police arrested Bryan Alfonso Champion II, 21, of the 400 block of Bailey St., on one count of illegal carrying of weapons and a fugitive from Bossier Police.
Chief Steve Cropper said Off. Kendale Booker and Det. Shane Griffith were patrolling the area of East and Carolina streets due to a spike in gun violence.
“Off. Booker saw Champion and a juvenile male near a vehicle that was illegally stopped in the roadway,” Cropper said. “There was a hand-to-hand transaction between Champion and the person in the vehicle.”
When the two Minden Police officers exited their vehicle, the other one sped off, said the chief.
“Booker made contact with Champion and while preparing to pat him down, observed what appeared to be the handle of a firearm concealed in his right pocket,” Cropper said. “The officer placed Champion in handcuffs and removed the firearm from his pocket.”