PATERSON, NJ - A 40-year-old Wayne woman that Paterson Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale described in a statement as “irate” and “emotionally disturbed,” was arrested Sunday after Paterson Police found a loaded handgun in the vehicle she was in.

According to Speziale, the incident began at approximately 3:00 p.m. when members of the Paterson Police Department were dispatched to the area of Straight Street and Montgomery Street on a report of a sick or injured person.

Upon arrival, police found the woman sitting in a vehicle. Opening the car door to check on her well-being, Speziale said, the woman appeared angry and begin yelling profanities at them. It was at this point that police noticed her to be in possession of suspected heroin which she threw to the ground.

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Continuing to act in an “irate manner” the woman reached under the seat of the car when one of the police officers noticed what appeared to be a handgun. Alerting his partners of the weapon, the officer ordered the suspect to show her hands before others approached and were able to pull her from the vehicle and onto the ground without further incident.

The loaded weapon, a 9mm Taurus, which the woman said she intended to use on the officers, or herself, was secured.

Charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, prohibited weapons large capacity ammunition, resisting arrest by physical threat and certain persons not to have a weapon, the woman, unidentified due to her medical status, was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital for evaluation.

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