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EPD: Man points loaded gun at officer during foot chase

Cornelius Ratliff, 29. (Evansville Police Dept.) Cornelius Ratliff, 29. (Evansville Police Dept.)

An Evansville man is arrested on multiple charges after police say he pointed a loaded gun at an EPD Officer during a foot chase.

EPD says the incident began around 1:15 on Monday afternoon at Weinbach and Covert when officers stopped a truck for speeding. Police say 29-year-old Cornelius Ratliff was a passenger in the truck.

During the stop, officers say they saw drugs in the vehicle. Both the driver and Ratliff were asked to get out of the truck.

When Ratliff got out, he took off running from the officers.

EPD says Ratliff ran about a block and fell in a yard and as he was getting back up, he pointed a handgun at the pursuing officer.

Police say Ratliff did not fire the gun, but continued to run.

EPD says when Ratliff tried to jump onto a flatbed trailer, he slipped and fell again. He was still holding the gun as the officer caught up to him again and told him to drop it. Police say Ratliff began to turn towards the officer again, but threw the gun when he realized the officer was pointing his gun at him.

Ratliff was taken into custody without further incident.

EPD says when officers recovered the gun, they found it had a round in the chamber. However, the safety was on, preventing the gun from firing.

Ratliff was charged with:

  • Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon Class B Felony
  • Intimidation with a Weapon Class C Felony
  • Criminal Recklessness Class D Felony
  • Pointing a Loaded Firearm Class D Felony
  • Resisting Law Enforcement Class D Felony 

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