Wilmington man gets federal prison sentence for pointing gun at officer

Wilmington man gets federal prison sentence for pointing gun at officer
James Edward Clarida Jr. (Source: NHCSO)

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - A Wilmington man will spend seven years in prison on a federal firearm charge after he pointed a gun at a police officer during a foot chase last year.

James Edward Clarida Jr., 29, was sentenced in federal court on Wednesday for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

On March 31, 2019, Clarida was the passenger in a car that was stopped for a traffic violation by officers with the Wilmington Police Department. As the car came to a stop, Clarida jumped from the car and ran from officers.

An officer immediately ran after Clarida. During the foot pursuit, Clarida turned and pointed a handgun at the officer. The officer took cover behind a parked vehicle and lost sight of Clarida.

Additional officers responded to the scene and with the help of a K-9 unit were able to locate Clarida hiding under a nearby home.

Officers recovered a loaded .45 caliber handgun along a path they believe Clarida took.

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