Illegal firearms seized during traffic stop in Richmond on Christmas Eve

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Illegal firearms seized during traffic stop in Richmond on Christmas Eve
Photo of traffic stop courtesy of RPD.

Richmond police seized two illegal firearms while executing a traffic stop on 23rd Street on Christmas Eve.

The incident occurred around 9 p.m. when an officer conducted the traffic stop for vehicle code violations in the 700 block of 23rd Street, police said.

The driver ultimately attempted to flee the traffic stop on foot, but was taken into custody after a short pursuit, police said.

The driver was in possession of a loaded ghost gun and additional magazines. A search of the vehicle uncovered another firearm and even more high-capacity pistol magazines.

The driver was identified as a convicted felon and was transported to jail and booked on weapons violations.

“Unfortunately for this suspect, he spent his Christmas in jail with only coal in his stocking,” police said.