CRIME

A man was arraigned on a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke Monday.

Andre Lazer Rials, 27, was arrested on Saturday by Killeen police in the 1800 block of Nathan Drive.

Killeen police responded to a call about an armed man possibly selling illegal drugs int he street around 3:45 p.m. When the officer arrived, he got out of the police cruiser to approach the man. The man, later identified as Rials, immediately ran away, according to the affidavit for arrest.

Rials ran west on Nathan Avenue and through the parking lot of a nearby car wash, according to the affidavit. The officer yelled for Rials to stop, but he ignored him and continued to run, according to police.

The officer saw Rials pull out a pink hand gun and drop it to the ground during the chase, according to the affidavit. Later, Rials was taken into custody, and the gun was recovered. The gun had seven 9-mm rounds inside it, with one cleared from the chamber, according to the affidavit.

After Rials was in custody, an officer learned that he was convicted in Illinois of retail theft in September 2013. He served two years probation, which ended on May 4, 2016. Because he used to be a felon, Rials is not permitted to own a gun.

Rials was held in the Bell County Jail on $50,000 bond.

In an unrelated case, Amy Lee Martinez was arraigned on a charge of tampering or fabricating physical evidence. Her bond was set at $20,000.

254-501-7552 | sullivan@kdhnews.com

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