Burien Police / King County Sheriff’s Office is reporting how a Deputy stopped an illegally armed driver who was driving an SUV with mismatched plates recently in Burien:

Police say that on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, a Burien Deputy observed a suspicious black Chevy Silverado parked at a gas station at SW 148 Street and 1st Avenue South. The license plates on this vehicle were mismatched, which caught the attention of the deputy.

The deputy contacted the male occupant and asked him to step out of the vehicle. As a routine, the deputy asked if he had any weapons on his person, to include guns, knives or anything else. After a moment of blank staring, the man reached toward his right coat pocket. The deputy stopped him and clarified what was in his pocket. The male stated “a gun”. The deputy removed the firearm from the man’s coat pocket, which was a firearm that was loaded with 9 rounds, but no round in the chamber.

The driver of the truck was read his Miranda rights, then asked about why he had a gun in his pocket. The male stated that the gun was in the center console of the truck and he felt “weird about it being there rattling around” while he was driving, so he put the un-holstered gun in his pocket.

However, when asked if he knew who the gun belonged to, he stated that he assumed it belonged to his “friend.”

Deputies seized the mismatched license plate as evidence. The firearm, the magazine and the 9 rounds were also taken into evidence.

It is unlawful to carry a gun – concealed – on your person without a concealed pistol license and unlawful to have it in a vehicle without a valid CPL (RCW 9.41.050).

The suspect was transported to SCORE (South Correctional Entity) Jail and booked.

Police stop illegally armed driver in Burien in SUV with mismatched plates 1

Police stop illegally armed driver in Burien in SUV with mismatched plates 2

Photos courtesy King County Sheriff’s Office