Just after midnight on December 23, Trooper Christopher Browsky, a recent graduate of the 86th Recruit Training Troop, with his Field Training Officer, Trooper Isaac Agyei, assigned to State Police-Springfield, were patrolling Route 91 in Springfield. As they were approaching Exit 8 on Route 91 southbound they observed a black BMW sedan with a Vermont paper temporary license plate that was not valid. The Troopers activated their cruiser’s blue lights and stopped the vehicle after exited Route 91 and turned onto Noble Street.

Upon the BMW coming to a full stop, the Troopers approached it and identified the operator as FATIAH GARLAND, 32, of Springfield. GARLAND was informed why he was stopped and instructed to exit the vehicle as it was going to be towed from the scene due to no active registration or insurance. Prior to the tow truck arriving on scene Trooper Browsky conducted a required inventory of its contents. While inventorying the trunk area he located a 9mm Polymer pistol and high-capacity magazine loaded with 20 rounds of ammunition. GARLAND does not possess a license to carry firearms and was placed under arrest.

GARLAND was transported to the Springfield Barracks for booking. A bail commissioner was contacted and set bail at $25,000. GARLAND was then transported to the Hampden County House of Correction to await his arraignment at Springfield District Court on the following charges:

  1. Illegal Possession of a Firearm, Second Offense;
  2. Possession of Firearm/Ammunition without FID Card, Subsequent Offense;
  3. Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device;
  4. Improper Storage of a Firearm;
  5. Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle;
  6. Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle; and
  7. License Plate Violation.