Irvington man leads police on a chase after throwing loaded gun to the ground, officials said 


JERSEY CITY – An Irvington man was arrested Monday after cursing at police, throwing a black handgun to the ground and attempting to run on foot, according to police reports.

On March 9th at around 12:40 a.m. Officers Minervini and Alberto were patrolling the area of Woodlawn Ave. between Martin Luther King Dr. and Ocean Ave., a high crime area with numerous citizen complaints and arrests for CDS and weapons, according to officials, when they observed a grey Acura TL double parked in front of Woodland Ave.

Upon conducting a motor vehicle stop utilizing emergency lights, a male quickly exited the vehicle and shouted, “I ain’t got time for this s—!” According to police reports, he was taking several aggressive steps towards the police vehicle and when police ordered him to stop and show his hands, the man nervously reached into his waist band with his right hand and pulled out a large semi-automatic hand gun. He quickly tossed it to the sidewalk next his vehicle and fled on foot west of Woodland Ave. The man ignored several loud verbal commands to stop by both officers but was eventually apprehended in front of Armstrong Ave. by Officers Alberto and Minervini without further incident.

Mandel Kirkland, 42, of Irvington was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Jersey City and charged with possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, possession of a firearm for unlawful purpose, certain person not to be in possession of a handgun, and resisting arrest. He was also issued two motor vehicle summonses for double parking and being unlicensed.

Police recovered a black Hi-Point JHP 45 ACP semi-automatic handgun loaded with 1 RP 45 auto ball round in the chamber and 7 rounds in the magazine.