Man accused of pulling gun on Indianapolis police officer during traffic stop

INDIANAPOLIS – A man is accused of pulling a gun on an officer during a traffic stop Saturday on Indy’s east side.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officer C. Portell said he pulled over the vehicle of 29-year-old Dajuan Morris at the entrance ramp of I-65 South at E. Washington Street after he noticed a broken license plate light.

Portell said he noticed the smell of marijuana coming from Morris’ Chevy Trailblazer and called for backup. Morris was handcuffed with two sets due to his size and stature, police said.

A small amount of marijuana was found in Morris’ pocket and moments later, he began turning the left side of his body away from Portell, according to IMPD.

Despite multiple verbal requests for Morris to turn around, he didn’t corporate, IMPD said, so Portell began to physically turn him. As Portell was behind the suspect, he said  he noticed Morris was allegedly holding a revolver that was pointed at him.

Police said by using two sets of handcuffs, Morris was given more room to move physically. They believe this helped him to twist in a way where he could grab the gun from his body.

IMPD said Portell was able to quickly get the gun away from Morris.

Once other officers arrived, they were able to get Morris into the police vehicle. Officers found marijuana, heroin, and over $600 in cash.

Morris was preliminarily charged with dealing narcotics while in possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, possession of narcotics with a firearm, carrying a handgun without a license with a prior felony conviction, pointing a firearm, possession of marijuana, and driving while suspended.

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