Fairfield police say that a routine stop of a car with a burned-out headlight early Wednesday resulted in a man being arrested on suspicion of carrying a handgun with identifying numbers scratched off.
Officer Zack Sandoval was on patrol about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday in the North Texas Street area when he spotted a vehicle with one headlamp out. He pulled the vehicle over and learned that the 17-year-old driver was on searchable probation, allowing the officer to search and tow the car.
The driver and his 21-year-old passenger, Gerardo Gomez of Suisun City, were ordered out of the car. Officers then patted down the men.
Gomez, according to a Fairfield police news release, told the officer he had a loaded gun in his waistband. Officers removed the 9 mm semi-automatic handgun, which had serial numbers scratched off.
The teen was cited, and Gomez was arrested on suspicion of carrying a concealed, loaded firearm with an obliterated serial number.