Monday, December 4, 2023

Wilmington felon sentenced for possession of firearm

WILMINGTON — A Wilmington man pled guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon and faces up to 70 months in prison.

Tyrek Desmond Anderson pled guilty on March 7 and was sentenced Thursday to federal prison.

According to a release, a driver committed a traffic violation Feb. 16, 2022, leading to law enforcement officers to conduct a traffic stop. The vehicle was driven by Anderson, who fled from officers at a high rate of speed and almost caused multiple collision.

Due to public safety concerns, the chase was terminated.

A short time later, officers located the unoccupied vehicle on the side of the road near Metts Avenue and South 22nd Street. Anderson was spotted walking toward Forest Hills Drive and fled on foot when he spotted the officers.

He ran through multiple backyards before being apprehended. During the chase, officers noticed what appeared to be a gun in Anderson’s hand, however it could not be located on his person following a search.

Officer retraced their steps and found a stolen Glock 19 in the bushes of a residence on Forest Hills Drive; testing revealed presence of Anderson’s DNA. After searching Anderson’s vehicle, officers also located six softball-sized bags containing marijuana, totaling 237 grams.

Previously convicted of voluntary manslaughter in connection to a 2015 murder, Anderson was on post-release supervision at the time of the 2022 offense.

Agencies involved in the investigation include the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Wilmington Police Department, the WPD Gun Crimes Task Force, and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

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