Felon Hides Loaded Gun in Engine Compartment: Police

Hamden police have arrested a 24-year-old New Haven man who was found driving with an illegal handgun hidden in the engine compartment of his car, according to police.

Russell Gillian, a convicted felon, was pulled over Sunday after officers received a tip about the gun. Police said they searched his car and found a fully loaded .357-caliber Magnum handgun in the engine compartment.

He was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle.

Gillian was released after posting $100,000 bond and is due in court Sept. 5.

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