Driver pulls out handgun during Md. traffic stop

(PHOTO: Calvert Co. Sheriff's Office)

CALVERT CO. – A driver was arrested after pulling out a handgun after a deputy pulled him over for a traffic stop Monday. The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office released video of the incident Friday.

Deputies say the driver was initially stopped for a simple traffic violation.

After initial investigation, the deputy asked the driver to exit the vehicle.

The driver complied, but did not show his hands as seen in the video. Instead, he opened the driver’s side door with one hand and kept his other hand concealed behind his back.

When the deputy asked what was behind the man’s back, the man chambered a round and displayed a 9mm handgun. Officials say the deputy drew his handgun, sought cover, and began to give verbal commands. Responding deputies secured the areas surrounding the incident and created a perimeter.

Negotiations with the driver resulted in him being peacefully arrested. Several charges are still pending in this case.

“I am proud of the deputies in this situation. They showed great restraint and relied on their training to resolve the situation,” said Sheriff Mike Evans.