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Operations Officer on Routine Traffic Stop Retrieves 2 Loaded Handguns

For Immediate Release: 2/19/2018 11:18 am

On Monday, February 19, 2018, a Worcester Police officer working out of the Operations Division was on patrol in the Main South area. At approximately 1:30 AM, the officer was driving his fully marked police cruiser on Camp Street. At this time the officer observed a black Mercedes Benz driving directly in front of the officer. The Mercedes approached the intersection of Camp and Cambridge Streets and failed to come to a proper stop at the stop sign. The Mercedes turned left onto Cambridge Street. Upon witnessing the infraction the officer activated his emergency lights and signaled the Mercedes to stop. The Mercedes stopped in the area of 337 Cambridge Street.

The officer approached the driver’s window and spoke with the operator. The operator was identified as Reshey Chambers, 32-years-old of 102 Southgate Street, Worcester.

The officer conducted a license status check on Mr. Chambers. The officer was informed that Mr. Chambers was known to police for past violent offenses and was known to possess dangerous weapons.

The officer approached the Mercedes and observed Mr. Chambers leaning towards the glove box which concerned the officer since he already had the registration.

Fearing for his safety, the officer asked Mr. Chambers out of the vehicle. A search for weapons on Mr. Chambers produced a pocket knife.

Other officers were now on the scene. Will standing by Mr. Chambers, one of the backup officers began to search the immediate reachable area within the Mercedes. The glove box was discovered to be locked. Officers asked Mr. Chambers if he had a key to the glovebox. Mr. Chambers stated that he did not have a key to the glovebox. Mr. Chambers immediately became visibly nervous.

A key to the vehicle unlocked the glovebox. The backup officer discovered a gun in the glovebox. The officer yelled out that a gun was located in the car. Upon hearing this Mr. Chambers broke away in a full sprint across Cambridge Street. The officer chased after Mr. Chambers and was quickly apprehended.

A check on Mr. Chambers revealed that he did not possess a License to Carry a Firearm. Two handguns were discovered inside the glovebox. One gun was a XDS .45 caliber handgun and the other was a Smith and Wesson .380 handgun. Both guns were loaded.

Members of the Crime Scene Unit were called to the scene and took possession of the loaded weapons.

Mr. Chambers was placed under arrest and charged with 2 counts of Unlawful Carrying of a Firearm, 2 counts of Unlawful Carrying of a Loaded Firearm, 2 counts of Possession of Ammunition without an FID Card, Resisting Arrest and a Stop Sign Violation.

Mr. Chambers will be arraigned on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at the Worcester County District Courthouse.

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