Convicted Felon Arrested During Traffic Stop After Multiple Firearms Were Discovered

Last Updated 11/3/2023In Police News, Latest City News

Statesville, North CarolinaNovember 2, 2023:  A traffic stop conducted by an officer with the Statesville Police Department Thursday night on Salisbury Road near Gay Street led to a significant arrest. The driver/owner of the vehicle was suspected to be driving on a suspended license.

Upon approaching the vehicle from the passenger side and speaking with the driver, the officer observed what appeared to be a firearm in the front passenger floor, partially concealed by a windshield sunshade. The firearm was identified as a rifle.  The driver was identified as Brandon Maurice Torrence, 44-year-old resident of Statesville.

The officer requested additional assistance and asked Mr. Torrence to step out of the vehicle. Torrence complied with the officer's instruction. During this interaction, Torrence admitted that there were several other firearms in the vehicle. Further investigation revealed that Torrence was a convicted felon, and he was placed under arrest.

A search of the vehicle incident to arrest revealed four firearms and ammunition in Torrence's vehicle, including three handguns and one AR-15 style rifle. The weapons and ammunition were seized as evidence.

Torrence was taken before a magistrate, where he was charged with four counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, in addition to four counts of carrying a concealed weapon. Torrence was held on a $25,000 secured bond.

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