Syracuse Police pulled a Dodge Caravan over at about 12:00 am Friday on the 1000 block of South State Street for driving with no tail lights. As the car pulled over, police say two men jumped out of the van and tried to run. Police caught one man, 20-year-old Xavion Williams.
The other three people in the van threw a handgun out of the window and tried to drive away, but hit the curb, according to police.
Officers say the three then tried to run; two of them were taken into custody.
Police caught the driver, 23-year-old Kache Phillips and 19-year-old Ellisa Maisonet, both of 308 Glenwood Avenue in Syracuse. Officers recovered the handgun, a loaded .22 caliber semi-automatic, which was thrown out of the window.
All three people were charged with criminal possession of a weapon. Phillips and Maisonet were additionally charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, and Phillips was given tickets for no tail lights and aggravated unlicensed operation.
Police are still looking for the two people in the car who got away.