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James Mitchell Anderson Arrested After Allegedly Pointing Gun At Police Officer in Watsonville

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A Castroville man was arrested Thursday night after allegedly pointing a stolen holstered gun at police officers while fleeing from a traffic stop in Watsonville, police said. A police sergeant stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation around 8:36 p.m. on Hill Avenue near East Lake Avenue. The front passenger, later identified as 19-year-old James Mitchell Anderson, jumped out of the vehicle and fled toward Palm Avenue, police said.

A concealed holster holding a revolver fell out of Anderson’s waistband as he ran. Anderson picked up the revolver and attempted to pull it out its holster. He then allegedly pointed the revolver directly at the sergeant, who had stepped out of his vehicle, and then fled down the driveway of a home, police said.

The suspect was eventually captured in the backyard of a home on Tuttle Way after a pursuit that saw him allegedly jumping fences and climbing on to the roofs of houses, police said. The gun was recovered and determined to be stolen and loaded, police said.

The suspect was also found in possession of an illegal knife, drugs and drug paraphernalia. Anderson was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, brandishing a firearm, obstructing and resisting a police officer, possession of a loaded concealed firearm, possession of an illegal knife, possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance.

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