In response to a report of a shooting, officers
arrived within moments at a location where approximately
thirty persons had congregated. The officers' attention
was drawn immediately to defendant, who appeared nervous
and briefly ducked into an alley as others dispersed.
Defendant walked away, keeping the marked patrol car in
view, while the officers attempted to speak to him about
the report. In response, defendant merely continued to
walk away, looking back over his shoulder. One officer
stepped out of the patrol car and asked defendant to stop.
Defendant began to run, then discarded a handgun. We find
the facts, when combined, established reasonable suspicion
making the stop lawful. We therefore reverse the trial
court's order suppressing the evidence. 02/26/24