Easton police car

EASTON, Pa. | Easton police investigating an early-morning gunshot arrested a convicted felon with a gun, who allegedly tried to run from officers.

The Easton Police Department reports that two officers heard a gunshot in the area of South Ninth and Lehigh streets shortly after 12:30 a.m. Saturday. When the officers responded to investigate the gunshot, they allegedly spotted a man later identified as Derrick T. Parks, of Lehigh Street in Easton, walking away from the area, according to court records.

The officers reportedly told Parks to stop walking, so they could investigate the incident. That’s when he allegedly turned and ran east on Spruce Street, according to records. One of the officers gave chase and tackled Parks. When he hit the ground, a .22 caliber revolver allegedly fell from his pocket, according to police.

Parks got to his feet and tried to run away before he was subdued and taken into custody, according to records.

Police said a records check revealed that Parks has been convicted of felony counts of weapons possession and drug charges for which is currently on state parole. He does not have a carry permit and is not eligible for one, according to police.

It’s not clear from court records whether Parks fired the shot that drew the officers’ attention. He now faces single felony counts of illegal possession of a firearm and carrying a firearm without a license along with a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest.

District Judge Alan Mege arraigned the 25-year-old a few hours later, setting bail at $100,000. Parks failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Nov. 25.