Police find stolen gun during traffic stop

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Minden Police have arrested a local man for possession of a stolen firearm.

Philip Edwards, 28, of the 1200 block of Shiloh Rd., Minden, was arrested around 9 p.m. Sunday, when Lt. Chris Hammontree clocked the vehicle in which he was riding traveling 52 miles per hour in a 35-mph zone on Fincher Road.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said there were four persons in the vehicle.

“Three of the four were TTS gang members from the 28 original ones we had warrants for,” Cropper said. “They all bonded out. Edwards was the only one that wasn’t with TTS.”

Cropper said the occupants seemed nervous when they were stopped.

“An open alcoholic beverage was observed in plain view,” Cropper said. “K9 Tigo alerted on the vehicle, so it was searched.”

The stolen gun was located under a seat.

“Edwards admitted to possession of the gun,” said the chief. “The driver was cited and released. Edwards was arrested and booked.”

(Editor’s note: In this case, TTS stands for “Trained to Step.”)

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