After detaining a felon and retrieving a stolen car in the Georgetown district Sunday evening, police discovered a phantom pistol.
Near the 7000 block of East Marginal Way South, a patrol officer noticed a man walking away from a stolen silver Honda Civic parked. The officer waited for the man to return to the vehicle, and the suspect did so a few minutes later.
When the officer pulled his patrol vehicle in behind the suspect, the man got out of the Honda and fled on foot. Officers chased after him and took him into custody a few blocks away.
Officers checked the vehicle and found an AR-15 style rifle with a loaded 30 round magazine. When officers inspected the weapon, they found it was a ghost gun, meaning it had no serial number. Ghost guns are frequently assembled from individually purchased parts, making them difficult to track and regulate. The suspect is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing a firearm.
Officers booked the 40-year-old suspect into the King County Jail for investigation of auto theft and firearms charges.
Police booked the suspect into King County jail for possession of a stolen vehicle as well as firearms charges.