Texarkana man sentenced for firearms arrest

Texarkana man sentenced for firearms arrest
(KSLA News 12)

TEXARKANA, AR (KSLA) - A Texarkana man was sentenced to over four years on a felony firearms charge.

United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas announced that 26-year-old Deadrick Lamar Tatum (aka "Toda") was sentenced to 54 months for one count of felon in possession of a firearm.

On November 8, 2016, officers with the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department were on routine patrol in Texarkana, AR when an officer noticed a vehicle without a license tag and proceeded to stop it, according to court records.

The driver of the vehicle was Tatum and after being asked for his license and registration he removed someone white from his vehicle against the instructions of the officer.

That's when Tatum reportedly got out of the car and officers had to chase him. While chasing him through several backyards, officers say they saw him trying to stuff an item under a shed and then took off again.

After back up arrived, several officers were able to locate and arrest Tatum.

TAPD officers backtracked Tatum's tracks and say they found a Kel-Tec, 9mm pistol, wrapped in a white Cleveland Cavaliers hat near the shed he stopped at.

FBI Agents interviewed Tatum and spoke to him about the recovered firearm. After initially denying any knowledge of the firearm, Tatum later admitted that he had the firearm for protection and had possessed it since January.

At the time Tatum had the firearm he had been convicted of a felony drug offense.

Tatum was indicted by a federal grand jury in November 2016 and entered a guilty plea in April 2017.

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