A Southwest precinct officer arrested a felon early Tuesday morning after they found him napping in a car with a stolen handgun.
Officer Bryan Gorzav was on patrol in the 1200 block of South Cloverdale Street at 12:20 a.m. Tuesday when he spotted a man that appeared to be asleep behind the wheel of a running car. The officer approached the car and tapped on the window in an attempt to stir the driver but the man would not wake from his slumber. Officer Gorzav realized the car was still in gear, so in an attempt to keep the car from rolling forward he entered the car through the passenger side door and pulled the emergency brake. Officer Gorzav was finally able to rouse the sleeping man and, with the help of another officer, opened the driver’s door so the man could exit. The officers noticed the man had a silver handgun sticking out of his pocket and, for their safety, removed it while they investigated further.
Officers checked the serial number on the firearm and discovered that it had been reported stolen. The officers also found out that the 31-year-old man they were speaking to is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing a firearm.
Officer Grovaz booked the man into King County Jail for a firearms violation and possession of a stolen firearm.