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Police recover loaded gun, drugs after Iowa City chase

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IOWA CITY — A 31-year-old Cedar Rapids man who told police he was seeking retribution for a home invasion faces numerous charges after police found him with a firearm and drugs.

Iowa City police were called to the 900 block of South Van Buren Street around 10:29 p.m. Tuesday for a report of a man with a gun who had threatened a homeowner. The man was described as wearing a mask with colors on it and driving a car with a pizza topper, according to Iowa City police criminal complaints.

Officers located the vehicle and driver — later identified as Shannon C. Williams — a block away. Police said Williams was still wearing the mask.

Williams attempted to evade capture, crashed his vehicle and fled on foot before being caught, police said.

During the pursuit, officers said Williams tossed out a fanny pack — containing marijuana and MDMA (also known as Ecstasy) — which police recovered.

Williams later told officers he had used both substances before driving.

A search of Williams’ vehicle also uncovered a loaded Ruger P94 handgun. Police said Williams did not have a permit to carry a gun.

Williams told police he had come to Iowa City seeking “justice” for an earlier home invasion and anticipated a confrontation, reports state.

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However, police said Williams also brought the fanny pack of drugs as a “peace offering” to the person he intended to confront.

Williams faces numerous felonies and misdemeanor charges, including two counts of controlled substance violation, going armed with intent, interference with official acts with a dangerous weapon, operating under the influence, eluding, carrying a weapon while under the influence and driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Police said Williams was accompanied by Devon J. Hanson, 22, of Cedar Rapids, who waited in the vehicle during Williams’ confrontation. Hanson faces charges of going armed with intent and interference with official acts.

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