Man tried to pull gun Suspect flees, is caught after violent struggle with officers By Linda Bock TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF [email protected] WORCESTER A man who allegedly tried to pull a gun on police officers around midnight Saturday is scheduled to be arraigned on several charges in Worcester Central District Court today. Shawn Johnson, 24, of 180 Fairmont Ave., faces a number of charges: armed assault with intent to murder, using a firearm in commission of a felony, resisting arrest, possession of a large-capacity firearm, possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card and carrying a loaded firearm without a license. There was also an active outstanding arrest warrant for assault and battery for Mr. Johnson. The incident began just before midnight Saturday when officers from the Worcester police gang unit were on patrol near Chandler Street and Park Avenue. The officers saw a man with whom they are familiar at the Hess station at the intersection, according to police spokesman Sgt. Kerry Hazelhurst. Officers believed there was an outstanding arrest warrant for the man. The officers got out of their cruiser and began to approach Mr. Johnson. The officers had their police badges prominently displayed, according to Sgt. Hazelhurst. One of the officers approached Mr. Johnson, and Mr. Johnson turned, reached for his waistband, and began to pull out a handgun, according to Sgt. Hazelhurst. The officer saw the weapon, and, before the suspect could get his gun completely out of his waistband, pulled out his own gun and pointed it at the suspect, according to Sgt. Hazelhurst. The officer ordered Mr. Johnson to drop his weapon, according to Sgt. Hazelhurst. He said the suspect put the gun back into his waistband and began to run through an alley next to The Living Earth. Police pursued the suspect on foot, and noticed the clip to the suspects handgun had fallen to the ground. As police gained on Mr. Johnson, he tossed the gun over a fence, according to Sgt. Hazelhurst. The gun hit a metal building. The gang officers were then able to apprehend Mr. Johnson, but he fought violently with them, according to Sgt. Hazelhurst, before he was eventually subdued and arrested. The gun was later found to have been reported stolen in 2008 from Laurens County, South Carolina. More charges are being filed in connection with the stolen weapon. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- I wonder what type of "wear" is on that gun after being bounced off a metal building.