SPRINGFIELD, Mo- A man from Springfield has been charged in federal court with illegally possessing several firearms following a police pursuit Wednesday afternoon.
Clinton Demetrius McDonald, 30-years-old, was charged Thursday in federal court with being a felon in possession of firearms.
According to a federal court press release, McDonald was allegedly in possession of four guns; a loaded Palmetto 5.56-caliber semi-automatic rifle, a Glock 9mm semi-automatic pistol, a Glock .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol and a J.P. Sauer and Sohn .32-caliber semi-automatic pistol on Wednesday, August 8th.
According to an affidavit filed in support of Thursday’s criminal complaint, Springfield police officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop of the 2006 BMW McDonald was driving near the intersection of Cherry and National at about 3:42 p.m. on Wednesday.
Officers were attempting to arrest McDonald in reference to a recent shooting incident. McDonald, the affidavit says, fled from the officers at a high rate of speed. His vehicle crashed moments later into the concrete steps of St. Agnes Cathedral near Cherry and Jefferson streets.
Officers arrived at the crash scene and found McDonald in the driver’s seat of the crashed vehicle. One passenger had been thrown forward onto the dash and windshield area. Another passenger was in the rear passenger seat, the release states.
Two of the guns were found inside the car in different locations while during the pursuit officers noticed the rifle and the Glock pistol being thrown out of the car.
Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. McDonald has a prior felony conviction for possession of a controlled substance.
(Edited News Release)