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Illegal Shotgun Found During Traffic Stop in Spokane Valley

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A 22-year-old Greenacres man was arrested about 2 a.m. Thursday after officers discovered an altered shotgun under his front seat during a traffic stop.

Officer Justin Elliott stopped Jonathan Wesley Ray, 18500 E. Twelfth, after noting that his car's brake lights were stuck on and that the license plates were expired.  He asked the driver if there were any weapons in the car and was told, "No."

When the driver bent over to get paperwork, Elliott noticed a black object on his hip beneath the bottom of his heavy jacket.  Thinking it might be a weapon, he had Ray step from the car and performed a frisk.  He found a folding knife and a multi-pliers tool on his belt.

Concerned about finding a knife after being told there were no weapons in the car, Elliott performed a frisk of the driver's lunge area inside the Hyundai.  Beneath the front seat, he found a .12-gauge shotgun which had its barrel and stock shortened to an illegal length.

Shells for the shotgun were located in the driver's door pocket.  In further questioning of Ray, the officer learned that the suspect had cut down the firearm and both the saw and portions of the gun's barrel and stock were still in the trunk of the car.

Elliott retrieved the items as evidence and arrested Ray for Manufacture of an Unlawful Firearm.  He booked him into the Spokane County Jail on the felony charge.

 

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