Ofc. John O'Brien, PIO
Friday, November 9, 2018 at 11:21 a.m.
Spokane Police Department Downtown Neighborhood Resource Officers recover a gun from a convicted felon. Officer Prim was scheduled to perform a Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) service for a business but a traffic stop on the way led to an arrest.
On November 8th, 2018, a little before 9:00am, Officer M. Prim was headed to perform a crime prevention service for a business near 2nd Avenue and State Street. Prim saw Paul Kirkland (31) drive by and park at the location. Prim had knowledge Kirkland was driving on a suspended license and confirmed that information.
Officers Prim and Dotson contacted Kirkland, told him he was under arrest and tried to place him in handcuffs. Kirkland resisted arrest by trying to pull away from the officers. Prim and Dotson were able to control Kirkland and get him handcuffed.
The officers searched Kirkland and found a crystal substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine, along with plastic baggies and a digital scale in his pants. Officers removed two knives from Kirkland then located a loaded handgun concealed in his waist band.
Kirkland is a seven time convicted felon to include convictions for: Robbery 2nd degree, Assault 2nd degree, Assault 3rd degree, Attempting to Elude and Taking a Motor Vehicle without Owner Permission. It is unlawful for Kirkland to be in possession of any firearms due to his felony convictions.
Officers and detectives sought a search warrant to serve on Kirkland’s vehicle.
Kirkland was booked into the Spokane County Jail for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 1st degree and Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver.