Old Town: On parole for shooting man, felon drops gun while running from traffic stop, police say

Gaston Tucker fled from a traffic stop at Sedgwick and Evergreen, police said. | CPD; Google

A man who was recently paroled after serving 12 years in prison for shooting someone is back in jail, accused of dropping a handgun during a traffic stop in Old Town on Sunday evening.

An officer who was working alone pulled Gaston Tucker over in the 1300 block of North Sedgwick at Evergreen around 7 p.m. for a traffic infraction, according to police and dispatch records. During the stop, Tucker emerged from the car, dropped a loaded handgun, and then ran from the scene.

About four hours later, Tucker was arrested more than five miles away in the 2000 block of North Kostner “after being identified as the offender that fled” from the stop, according to a CPD statement. Police did not say how they found him.

Tucker was paroled on Dec. 10th after serving nearly 12 years of a 13-year prison sentence for shooting a man in 2007.

Prosecutors today charged him with one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. He is due in bond court this afternoon, police said.

Prior to his latest prison sentence, Tucker was sent to prison for one year in 2004 for narcotics and was then sent to prison for another year in 2005 for narcotics. He is 32.
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