Felon wanted out of California arrested in Hillyard with loaded handgun, heroin

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SPOKANE, Wash. – A felon wanted out of California was found in possession of a loaded handgun and heroin in Hillyard, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Corporal Mark Gregory said a deputy was patrolling near N. Pittsburg and E. Wabash and saw a man riding a bicycle in the wrong lane.

The deputy stopped the man, identified as 24-year-old Brandon A. Wood, because the bike did not have the proper lights or reflectors.

When deputies checked Wood’s name, they discovered he had a nationwide extradition warrant out of California.

As deputies were taking him into custody, Wood informed them he had a pistol in his pocket. Deputies said the pistol was loaded with two cartridges and safely seized.

Authorities said they also found heroin in his pocket.

During questioning, Wood admitted he was a convicted felon and said he got the handgun from a “friend.” He said he carried the pistol for protection and that he had been shot at a few months ago in Tacoma.

Wood has previous felony convictions in California and Washington. He has been convicted on controlled substance charges and identity theft.

Wood was transported and booked as a fugitive and for new charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, as well as possession of a controlled substance.