PATERSON, NJ - A report of a “dangerous condition” quickly became more dangerous Sunday morning when Paterson Police Officers M. Alvarez and F. Saint-Hilaire were dispatched to 98 Warren St at approximately 6:30 a.m.
Upon arrival, according to a report by Paterson Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale, the officers observed a 2020 Red Honda Accord LX with a temporary NJ license plate tag double-parked with the engine off and the headlights on. An unresponsive male was inside the vehicle.
After knocking on the windows in an attempt to wake the man, later identified as Kwame Morrison, who was sitting in the driver seat of the vehicle, the officers were able to gain access through the driver's door. While Morrison said that he was taking a nap in front of his girlfriend’s house, he was “hesitant” to show identification of step out of the vehicle.
Observing that Morrison had them inside the pockets of a hooded sweatshirt, officers gave him verbal commands to show them his hands and repeatedly told him to step out of the vehicle.
After complying with the commands to stand up, the officers said that they noticed the muzzle of a gun protruding from his waistband.
At this point, the officers said, Morrison attempted to place his hands on the weapon which Saint-Hilaire recovered by cutting a sling from around the suspect’s shoulder that was holding it in place.
Securing the Mossberg International 715P .22CAL Pistol Grip Rifle that was loaded with 23 rounds, the officers placed Morrison into their patrol vehicle and transported to Paterson Police Headquarters.
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