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Chico K9 finds handgun hidden by felon

Chico Police Department K9 Aron helped officers locate a handgun that had been hidden by a felon running from officers.

Posted: Aug 11, 2021 10:13 PM
Updated: Aug 12, 2021 3:36 PM

CHICO, Calif. - On Tuesday at approximately 9:50 p.m., a Chico Police Officer was in the 2400 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he saw a male he recognized as Basil Powers, the Chico Police Department said.

Powers, 25, had a felony warrant for his arrest and ran from the officer.

Several Chico Police officers responded to the area to search for Powers. An officer going southbound on Highway 99 saw Powers cross the highway. Powers was then detained.

During the investigation, officers learned from Powers that he hid a firearm as he fled the area.

Powers took officers to the general area where he hid the firearm. Officer Martin and his K9 partner Aron, responded to the scene for a search, according to the Chico Police Department.

Within minutes, K9 Aron successfully located the firearm which was buried in the dirt. Brass knuckles were also located in the area near the firearm, the Chico Police Department said.

Powers was arrested and later booked in the Butte County Jail.

He was booked for being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition by a prohibited person, possession of metal knuckles, resisting arrest, and an outstanding warrant.

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