Whenever an officer approaches a vehicle, that officer is always putting his life at risk. Yesterday, a Colonie traffic stop had the potential for deadly consequences; thankfully no one was injured.

On Monday, officers with the Colonie Police Department stopped a blue 2007 Volvo S60 for a traffic violation.  The vehicle was being driven by 25-year old Wayne Samuels of Schenectady, on Albany Street near New Karner Road.

According to News 10, when Officer Connor Anson and Officer Brian Howell approached the vehicle, they detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Samuels was unable to produce a valid driver’s license because his driver’s license was already suspended.  When officers asked him to step out of the vehicle, he reached into his waistband and tried to pull out a handgun. Before he could reach for the gun, the officers were able to apprehend him and handcuff him.

After a brief struggle, officers were able to disarm the suspect.  Mr. Samuel was carrying a loaded Springfield XDS 9 millimeter handgun that was loaded with seven bullets; one of the chamber and two in the magazine.

Mr. Samuels already has a pending case in Schenectady for Attempted Murder.   He was arraigned in the Colonie District Court and then he was sent to the Albany County Correctional Facility without bail.   Authorities have not announced his hearing date yet.

We hear so much about police brutality and unarmed black men being shot and killed by the police. Thankfully no one was injured in this case, since this guy was actually armed.

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