3 men face firearm charges after gun spotted on crime camera

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JACKSON, Tenn. — A rifle spotted by police via one of the city’s crime cameras led officers to arrest three men Tuesday on firearms charges. Jarvis Roberson, Santiago Shaw and Michael Smith all face firearms charges after the resulting traffic stop, according to court papers. Police were observing the crime camera in the 500 block of Old Hickory Boulevard around 11:20 p.m. when they saw what appeared to be a high-powered rifle in the trunk of a car, according to an affidavit. Officers then saw who they believed was Smith, a convicted felon, get in the back seat of the car, the document states. When police stopped the car on Carriage House Drive, they say there was an odor of alcohol coming from inside. They also reportedly found an open beer in the passenger side door. Smith was in the back seat of the car where there was an opening providing access to a loaded Bushmaster AR-15 .223 caliber assault rifle in the trunk, according to the affidavit. Shaw was the driver of the vehicle, and officers found a Hi-Point 9 mm handgun under the driver’s side seat, according to police. Police say Shaw also is a convicted felon. Shaw told police the handgun belonged to him, but a search of the gun’s serial number revealed it had been reported stolen out of Gibson County, the document states. Police also found a loaded .45 caliber Smith and Wesson handgun in the glove compartment, the affidavit states. Roberson, the front-seat passenger, told police the handgun belonged to him and admitted he had been drinking, according to the affidavit. Roberson is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm while under the influence. The judge set his bond at $100,000. Shaw is charged with unlawful carrying or possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of stolen property under $500. Shaw did not appear before the judge Thursday. Smith is charged with unlawful carrying or possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. His bond is set at $100,000.

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