Police were dispatched Sunday afternoon to the area around the Dollar General Store on South Main Street because an off-duty police officer suspected he was witnessing a drug deal, according to Det. Sgt. Chris Morris of the McAlester Police Department.
Four people were arrested and another was sent to the hospital because he was complaining of chest pains, according to Morris.
A bystander said the incident happened suddenly in a parking lot directly across the street from the Klever Kidz Academy daycare.
Along with drugs— methamphetamine— allegedly found on the person of one of the suspects that was arrested, guns were also allegedly collected at the scene, according to Morris. He said that 13 firearms were gathered by police.
On Monday, the four people that were arrested were charged by the District 18 district attorney’s office. Jessica Teauge, 23, of McAlester, was charged with possession of firearm after former conviction of felony; Brandon Stamper, 29, of McAlester was charged with possession of controlled dangerous substance, possession of firearm after a felony conviction and misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia; Shonda Crumbley, 40, of McAlester was charged with possession of firearm after former conviction of felony and Eugene Eads, 34, of McAlester was charged with possession of firearm after former conviction of felony.
A witness was able to take pictures of weapons that McAlester police allegedly found in the bed of a truck in connection with the case. The News-Capital was able to obtain some of those photos.
The witness and Morris both said they were relieved the situation was handled without violence, especially because of the nearby daycare facility.
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