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Police wrestle gun out of felon's hand during Sunday a.m. drug arrest

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A Gering man who attempted to pull a gun on a police officer is now in jail, being held on a $750,000 bond.

Court documents say that early Sunday morning, a Scottsbluff Police Officer recognized 39-year-old Cornello Rendon, who had two active warrants for his arrest.

An intel report stated that Rendon has recently been carrying a 9 mm handgun and that he "would not go down without a gunfight" and that he has been selling a large amount of methamphetamine recently.

After calling for backup, the officer attempted to contact Rendon- who broke into a sprint southbound on 8th Avenue towards the Zesto Trailer Court. While running, Rendon hit a pole and fell face first onto the ground.

The officer jumped on top of his back, and while trying to handcuff him, he noticed Rendon reaching into his waistline for his 9 mm gun.

The arrest affidavit says that Rendon was able to grab ahold of the gun. The officer was able to maintain his position on top of Rendon and pin his arms under his stomach.

Rendon said, "It's going to go off" twice while the officer was on top of him. In the affidavit it said the officer was fearful for his life, and be lived Rendon would use the handgun against him if he was able to get loose from his control.

Backup arrived, and the second officer drew his firearm and told Rendon to surrender. With the second officer's assistance, they were able to gain control of Rendon's firearm- a 9 mm Jimenez Arms handgun.

A live 9 mm round was chambered in the weapon.

Located near Rendon was three plastic bags with methamphetamine in at least one of the bags, as well as a glass pipe which tested positive for methamphetamine residue.

Rendon was arrested and charged with: Felon in Possession of Firearm, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Resisting Arrest, Possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), Possession of drug paraphernalia, Terroristic Threats, and Possession of an imitation substance .

This was not Rendon's first run in with the law

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