PATERSON, NJ - Another weapon is off Paterson’s streets after an attempted motor vehicle stop led to a foot chase and recovery of a loaded semi-automatic handgun Wednesday.

According to Public Safety Director Jerry Spezial, the incident began at approximately 9:30 p.m. when Detective John Traynor of the PPD’s Street Crime Unit was on patrol in the area of Mercer and Warren Streets. During this time he reported observing a vehicle  disregard a stop signal while travelling at a very high rate of speed. 

As Traynor got behind the vehicle to conduct a motor vehicle stop the driver is said to have lost control and struck a parked vehicle. Two occupants immediately exited the vehicle and began fleeing on foot in opposite directions. 

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While Traynor began pursuing the driver, identified as Karon Kinion, 22, Paterson, on foot along Mercer Street toward Putnam Street he alerted other units to his the pursuit. transmitting his direction to responding units. Kinion is said to have continued onto Putnam Street before attempting to hide in a driveway under a parked truck.

As Kinion got under the truck, Traynor observed him placing an object on the frame of the vehicle. 

Following the commands of Traynor, the suspect came out from under the truck and was secured without further incident. A search by Traynor led to the recovery of the handgun from underneath the parked truck.

The suspect was transported to Paterson Police Headquarters and then Passaic County jail while the recovered firearm will be transported to the New Jersey State Police Ballistics Laboratory for further examination.

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