Edward L Gamble Jr, 27 of Racine is currently charged with 2 counts of first degree recklessly endangering safety, 2 counts of Resist Officer – Substantial Bodily Harm/Soft Tissue Injury and one count of resisting/obstructing officer. He faces repeater enhancements for all charges for previous convictions of first degree attempted homicide in 2004, and battery in 2004. If convicted he could face a total of 56 years in prison and up to $80,000 in fines
On March 5, 2013, 2 uniformed police officers did a traffic stop after observing the suspect make traffic violations and suspicious behavior. Officers stopped the suspect in the 2000 block of 16th Street. Both officers approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver and identified the driver from a Wisconsin photo driver’s license. The person identified was Edward Gamble. Officers advised Gamble to get out of the vehicle. According to reports one officer opened the driver’s door and advised Gamble to get out of the vehicle. The criminal complaint reports at this time a clear, knotted plastic baggie containing greenish leafy material in the bag in between the driver’s seat and the door was observed. The complaint states that the suspect made a statement that was non-compliant and then grabbed the gear shift, put the vehicle into drive. Believing that Gamble was attempting to flee the scene, Officers grabbed Gamble and yelled at him to stop and get out of the car. Officers state that while he had a hold of the suspect, he began driving away and actively resisting using force and tensing up. The Officer reports that in his effort to remove Gamble from the vehicle, he and the other officer were actively shouting at Gamble to “Stop and get out of the car.”
The criminal complaint states that the suspect ignored the commands of the officers and then began to drive away while the officers had a hold of Gamble. Police reports state that the suspect continued to drive forward dragging both officers along as he attempted to flee the scene. The criminal complaint states that they were dragged approximately 20-30 feet and that in doing so the vehicle began to cross into the oncoming traffic lane forcing eastbound traffic to stop.
One Racine Police officer to fell to the ground during the suspect driving and that the other suspect continued to hold on to the suspect trying to get him to stop but as suspect picked up more speed that officer also fell to the ground. Officers although injured ran back to their squad car and pursued the suspect.
The complain states that it was observed Gamble pull his vehicle into West Town Foods parking lot and Gamble fled on foot. According to reports officers followed the shoe prints heading north on the west sidewalk in the 1500 block of Hayes Avenue. Officers found the suspect walking ahead of them and that the officers pursued Gamble and attempted to take him into custody. As officers tried to take him into custody, he continued to resist and the suspect again tried to use force to try to get away from the officers and pulled away at the officers. After a struggle the suspect was taken into custody.Share