NEWS RELEASE FROM THE PITTSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT
On the morning of Monday, May 12, 2014, the Pittsburg Police Department received information from the Crawford County Sheriff's Department to be on the look-out for a red Ford Ranger, displaying Illinois license plates that just left Arma, KS traveling towards Pittsburg.
This was prompted when an off duty law enforcement officer had contact with the suspicious acting driver in Arma, where he also observed a firearm in the Ford Ranger, while the male in question was asking for directions to a location in Pittsburg. It was reported the driver exhibited bizarre behavior and may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The vehicle was later observed traveling south on Rouse Street in Pittsburg, which prompted PPD officers to that area of the city.
At 7:17 am, an officer observed the Ford Ranger traveling east on 4th Street (K126) where it turned into the Pittsburg High School parking lot driveway. A vehicle stop was quickly initiated in the driveway and a FTO (Field Training Officer) and his Officer in training approached the vehicle. A second unit immediately arrived to assist. An officer observed a hand gun lying on the seat next to the driver, at which time the driver picked up the weapon. He was ordered to drop the firearm and the driver soon complied with the officers' commands.
The PHS School Resource Officer assisted by redirecting students to another area while the vehicle stop was conducted.
Timothy J. Winner, age 55 of Tallula, Illinois, was arrested and transported to the Crawford County Jail where he was booked in on the following charges:
Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer
Criminal Use of a Weapon on School Property
The investigation is ongoing at this time. Anyone having information relating to this incident or other crimes may report it to the Pittsburg Police Department at 620-231-1700. Callers reporting criminal activity may remain anonymous.
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