Major Jennifer Gottstine
Troop T Commander
Lackawanna, NY – On August 28, 2020 at approximately 8:15 p.m., State Police stopped a vehicle on I-90 in the city of Lackawanna, for a vehicle and traffic violation. Upon interviewing the occupants of the vehicle, probable cause to search the vehicle was established. An unloaded .22 Auto Bersa Thunder 22 pistol along with a magazine with 8 Bersa Thunder .22 rounds were located in a backpack belonging to passenger, Jada L. Ellis, 21, of Greensboro, NC. Ellis did not possess a NY pistol permit and was taken into custody and transported to SP Buffalo for processing.
Ellis was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th degree; a Class A Misdemeanor and released with an appearance ticket returnable to the City of Lackawanna Court on September 22, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.