Feds Announce More Gun Charges From Chicago Weekend Arrests

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Two more men are facing federal weapons charges after arrests in Chicago over the weekend.

Kevin D. Tunstall, 29, and 32-year-old Johnnie Lee are each charged with illegal possession of a firearm by a felon, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois.

Tunstall, who lives in Oak Forest, was arrested early Saturday morning in the 600 block of South State Street, prosecutors said.

Officers investigating reports of gunshots at about 1:26 a.m. in a parking lot near State and Harrison streets spotted Tunstall in the back seat of a Jeep with his hands near his waist, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court. When police pulled him out of the vehicle, a loaded Smith & Wesson semi-automatic handgun fell to the ground.

During his arrest, Tunstall was recorded on a police body camera saying “You dropped that gun, I picked it up,” and “I grabbed that gun,” according to court records.

Tunstall pleaded guilty in 2016 to a felony count of harassing a witness or family member, according to Cook County court records.

Lee, who lives in Chicago, was arrested Sunday night after a car he was driving crashed into a Chicago police car in the 3200 block of North Southport Avenue, prosecutors said. The crash happened about two hours after the citywide curfew went into effect.

Lee was in possession of a loaded handgun when he was taken into custody, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

Lee previously pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge in 2012, according to Cook County court records.

Federal prosecutors previously announced gun charges against Brandon Pegues of Riverdale and Amber Peltzer of Lansing, both 28, after they were arrested in Chicago in separate incidents early Sunday.

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