Suspect with Loaded Gun Arrested following Foot Pursuit
By Public Information Officer Amanda Vicinanzo
February 11, 2020

Stafford, VA. A suspect was arrested late Friday night by deputies with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office following a traffic stop that led to a foot pursuit.

On February 7, 2020, at approximately 11:02 p.m., Deputy Vasquez conducted a traffic stop in the area of Falkirk Court and Lichfield Boulevard for an equipment violation. As the vehicle came to a stop, the passenger quickly exited and began walking away.

Deputy Aubrecht, who was backing up Deputy Vasquez, repeatedly told the passenger to stop and return to his vehicle. The deputy also detected the strong odor of marijuana emanating from the passenger. A foot pursuit then ensued.

The suspect was quickly apprehended by Deputy Aubrecht, but he continued to struggle and was frantically digging into his pocket. The suspect continued to resist the deputies and was able to turn and face the deputies while making a fist with his hand.

The Taser was then utilized to gain control of the suspect and get him handcuffed. Deputies located a loaded handgun in the suspect’s pocket as well as two plastic baggies containing marijuana.

Thomas Payne Jr., 24, of Fredericksburg was subsequently incarcerated at Rappahannock Regional Jail on a secured bond on charges of obstruction of justice, eluding police, possession of marijuana, and a concealed firearm violation.