A man police say resisted arrest Thursday night after a traffic stop in central Springfield – in part by allegedly putting a gun against an officer’s chest – was charged with five felony counts Friday afternoon.
Court documents show that Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson filed the following charges against 30-year-old Christopher Jellison:
Class-A first-degree assault, for allegedly drawing a handgun from his waistband and placing it against the side of a police officer. Because the police officer in the alleged incident is defined as a special victim under Missouri law, if convicted on this felony count, Jellison would not be eligible for parole until 85 percent of his potential sentence were served
Armed criminal action, for allegedly committing first-degree assault with the aid of a deadly weapon
Class-A first-degree assault, for allegedly reaching for the officer’s duty firearm during the incident
Class-D unlawful possession of a firearm, because Jellison is alleged to have knowingly possessed a Hi Point 9-millimeter handgun, despite having pleaded guilty to felony second-degree robbery in 2012
Class-D first-degree tampering for allegedly taking a 2008 Chevy Malibu without the consent of the car’s owner
Court documents also noted that Jellison is a prior and persistent offender as defined by Missouri law.
He was convicted of burglary in 2006; pleaded guilty to five counts of forgery in 2012; and pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery, also in 2012.
That means that for any conviction resulting from Friday’s felony charges – except the charge for armed criminal action – Jellison would be eligible for extended prison terms.
In an email sent late Friday, Patterson said Jellison is held without bond and also has a parole hold.
A probable cause statement filed with the charges included a number of details about the alleged incident that had not previously been made public.
At about 9:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the statement, officers observed a car stalled at the intersection of Grand Street and John Q. Hammons Parkway, near the Missouri State University campus.
The probable cause statement said that the vehicle was reported stolen April 24 from Republic. The license plates on the vehicle had been reported stolen from a Springfield location April 23.
The statement indicated that two officers approached the driver, Jellison, who “appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance.” The officers soon determined the car was stolen by checking the vehicle’s VIN plate and license plates.
When the police told Jellison to get out of the car, he resisted an officer who attempted to put him in handcuffs, according to the statement.
Next, Jellison pulled a gun out from his waistband and put it against an officer’s chest.
“As Jellison pulled the handgun out the magazine fell onto the ground,” the statement said. Officers later stated that they found a round loaded in the chamber of the gun.
Two officers removed the gun from Jellison’s hand.
After Jellison dropped the gun, he reached for one of the officer’s guns, according to the statement.
The two officers “were eventually able to get control of Jellison, placing him in handcuffs,” the statement said. The officers received scratches, scrapes and abrasions.
Earlier Friday, a police spokeswoman said that the struggle continued until a K9 unit arrived and Jellison surrendered.
The probable cause statement noted that one of the officers found a used syringe and a loaded handgun magazine in Jellison’s shirt pocket.
When questioned later, Jellison said that he had been in the car because “he had gone to help out the person who had been driving the vehicle, after the vehicle stalled,” in the words of the statement.
But, Jellison said, that person left for work when Jellison arrived at the stalled car. Jellison did not know that person’s name.
Jellison said a female friend of the unnamed person had given him a ride to the location of the stalled 2008 Chevy Malibu. She then left with that person.
He told police he only knew her first name and had no way of contacting her.
“Jellison found the handgun and spare magazine hidden under the hood of the vehicle,” the probable cause statement said.
Jellison said “he had no idea the vehicle was stolen,” according to the statement.
He also said, “the syringe was one he commonly carried to treat himself with insulin for diabetes.”
When questioned by police, the statement said that Jellison did not know what type of diabetes he had.
He also reportedly told police that he did not have an insulin prescription but got the medication from people who gave it to him.
Police did not find insulin on Jellison when he was arrested, the statement said.
(Read the original story on the Springfield News-Leader’s website.)