Police call leads to arrest over gun, drugs

Police call leads to arrest over gun, drugs

URBANA — An early morning call for help with a domestic dispute led to the arrest of a man for allegedly possessing a loaded gun and suspected cocaine.

A Champaign police report said officers were called to an apartment in the 1500 block of Kiler Drive in Champaign about 4:30 a.m. Friday for a domestic issue.

They saw a man outside, talking up to a third-floor apartment, who told police he was waiting for someone to come down and let him in.

While officers were there, Steve A. Jackson, 27, who listed an address in the 3200 block of Kimberly Drive, came to the building door, let the man in and held the door for officers.

An officer asked to speak to Jackson, thinking he may have been in the apartment where the suspected dispute had happened. Jackson stopped and admitted he had come from that floor.

When the officer asked for his identification, Jackson reached into an inside pocket of his jacket and got out identification but did so in a way that made the officer think he might be armed.

During a pat-down search for his own safety, the officer found a loaded .45-caliber handgun in Jackson's inside pocket. A further search of him turned up a rock of suspected crack cocaine.

Having been previously convicted of aggravated battery, residential burglary, theft and conversion of a motor vehicle, Jackson is not allowed to possess a weapon.

He is expected to be formally charged Tuesday.

Judge Jeff Ford set Jackson's bond Saturday at $25,000.

Police said that the domestic dispute was unfounded.

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