Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s deputies look for felon on parole

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT)- A felon on parole for robbery discarded a handgun during a traffic stop and fled from a Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s deputy, according to authorities.

Tuesday, at approximately 4:25 p.m., a deputy conducted a traffic stop in the area of St. Joseph Avenue and Maryland Street. During the course of the stop, authorities said an occupant ran from the vehicle and tossed a handgun to the ground as he fled.

Deputies said they chased the suspect on foot but were unable to apprehend him. Additional deputies and officers from the Evansville Police Department set up a perimeter in an effort to contain the suspect. He was not located, but the suspect was later identified by authorities as Shane S. James from Evansville. 

James served 1.5 years in prison on a robbery charge before being paroled in late December of 2019. As a convicted felon, James is prohibited by law from carrying a handgun.

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office said if anyone should see Mr. James, please do not approach him. Call 911 from a safe location and be ready to provide a street address, vehicle and clothing description and a direction of travel.

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(This story was originally published on January 21, 2020)

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