A 33-year-old man allegedly in possession of a loaded handgun was chased down by Palo Alto police Saturday after he tried to run away from officers who were about to search him, according to police.
Lester Courtney Bradshaw, Jr., of East Palo Alto was passed out on a bench at the bus depot at 95 University Ave. when police approached him on Saturday, March 15, at 9:32 a.m. Officers noticed a jar they said contained marijuana sticking out of his jacket pocket. When police approached him to search for additional marijuana, Bradshaw ran away from the officers, who then chased him, police said.
Bradshaw stumbled and fell after running about 15 yards. Officers struggled with him on the ground as he was reaching for his front waistband, but they were able to take him into custody safely. They found a loaded .22-caliber revolver in his front pants pocket. Police said the weapon was not registered to Bradshaw. He also has a restraining order against him that prohibits him from possessing a firearm.
Bradshaw was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for felony counts of possessing a loaded firearm with a prior felony conviction, possessing a firearm while subject to a restraining order, possession of a firearm by a narcotics user, and possessing a firearm without being the listed, registered owner. Police also booked him for one misdemeanor count of resisting arrest.
The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office will review the case, and any applicable charges related to the marijuana possession may be added at a later date.