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Police find stolen gun while arresting Cedar Rapids man on parole violation

CEDAR RAPIDS — A man arrested on a parole violation faces additional charges after police say they found a stolen gun while taking him into custody Wednesday.

Untario D. McGhee, 18, of Cedar Rapids was a passenger in a vehicle police stopped around 5 p.m. Wednesday in the 1400 block of Bever Avenue SE. Police had a warrant for McGhee’s arrest for a parole violation on a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, according to the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

According to police, McGhee opened the vehicle door and was initially complying with an officer’s request to show his hands. But as officers approached the vehicle, they say McGhee closed the door, locked it, pulled a handgun from his waistband and discarded it in the back seat.

Officers were able to enter the car through another door and take McGhee into custody, and he was taken to the Linn County Jail.

The gun — .40 caliber handgun — had been reported as stolen to the North Liberty Police Department, police said.

McGhee faces additional charges of possessing a firearm as a felon, interference with official acts with a firearm, carrying weapons, trafficking in stolen weapons, and violating his probation.

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