Traffic stop leads to weapons charges

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Torrin Lamont Thomas


Staff Writer

Thursday, April 26, 2018

A traffic violation on Tuesday night resulted in a man being arrested on gun charges by Rocky Mount police.

Torrin Lamont Thomas, 22, was charged with possession of firearm by a felon and misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon. Cpl. Brad Summerlin of the Rocky Mount Police Department said officers made a traffic stop after observing a vehicle that ran a stop sign and had expired tags.

Summerlin said the vehicle was also matched the description of a vehicle involved in a shots fired call. When officers stopped the vehicle about 11 p.m. Tuesday in the 500 block of Nashville Road, Summerlin said several people exited the vehicle. When approached by authorities, Thomas took off running on foot. As he was being chased by officers, Thomas threw a bag down on the ground. 

After Thomas was apprehended by officers, authorities said they found a firearm inside the bag. Thomas was jailed under a $75,000 secured bond and is also being held for parole violation in Nash County Detention Center.