Officer in right place at right time arrests 7-time convicted felon with concealed gun

An officer on his way to perform a service for a local business Thursday morning ended up arresting a convicted felon after a traffic stop.

On Thursday, just before 9 a.m., Officer Prim was headed to perform a crime prevention service for a business near 2nd Ave. and State Street. Prim saw a man, identified as 31-year-old Paul Kirkland, drive by and park nearby. Prim recognized Kirkland and knew that he was driving on a suspended license. He confirmed that information.

Officers Prim and Dotson spoke with Kirkland and told him he was under arrest. They tried to place him in handcuffs but he resisted arrest and tried to pull away from the officers. The two officers were eventually able to get Kirkland in handcuffs.

They searched Kirkland and found a crystal substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine, along with plastic baggies and a digital scale in his pants. The officers also removed two knives from Kirkland and also found a loaded handgun in his waistband. 

Kirkland is a seven-time convicted felon with convictions on his record for robbery assault and taking a motor vehicle without permission. Because of his previous convictions, Kirkland cannot legally have a gun. 

Kirkland was booked into jail Thursday for unlawful possession of a fire arm and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

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