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Police Arrest Armed Suspect After ShotSpotter Alert

Published on Thursday, November 9, 2023 | 6:39 am

A man was arrested late last night after a ShotSpotter automated gunfire alert led Pasadena police to the 100 block of East Claremont Street. The suspect, identified as 40-year-old Thomas Johnson from Montclair, was found carrying two handguns and narcotics.

At 11:51 p.m., officers responded to the alert of two rounds fired. Upon arrival, they spotted a man and approached him.

When officers attempted to make contact, Johnson reportedly pushed one of them and fled on foot. After a short pursuit, he was detained, police said.

Johnson was allegedly carrying an over-the-shoulder bag containing a black Glock 29, a 10-millimeter pistol, a tan Springfield 45 caliber pistol, and narcotics believed to be cocaine and meth, according to police.

Further investigation led to the discovery of two shell casings near Johnson’s vehicle in the area described by the ShotSpotter alert, police said.

Despite a thorough search of the area for victims, witnesses, and additional evidence, no victims were located. Local hospitals were also checked with no victims found.

Police reported that one officer sustained minor injuries during the incident, was checked out by an ambulance for complaints of pain, but did not require further medical treatment.

Johnson was arrested on numerous weapons and narcotics charges and was booked at the Pasadena jail, police said.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the Pasadena Police at (626) 744-4241 or report information anonymously by contacting “Crime Stoppers” at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), via your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile App on Google Play or the Apple App Store, or by using the website

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