Gun Fires While Officer Pursues Suspect

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - Panama City police are searching for a suspect after he ran away during a traffic stop. Officers add that the suspect's gun went off when he threw it down during the chase. Thankfully, no one was injured. 

The incident began early Wednesday morning when officers pulled over a vehicle in the 1700 block of E. 19th Street. The driver, James Bell III, did not have a license and was removed from the vehicle and placed in handcuffs. 

That's when the passenger, who's identity is not yet known, ran away from the vehicle. An officer ran after him and the suspect dropped the handgun, officials said. 

The suspect was able to elude officers and has not yet been arrested. 

Bell was charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while his license was suspended or revoked. 

 


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