Three gang members were arrested near an elementary school in Summit after one of them struggled with officers and another one placed his hand under his shirt and told them, "I'll kill you,'' according to authorities.
The deputies seized three grams of marijuana packaged in five plastic bags, 12 grams of heroin packaged in 42 foil packets and 8 grams of crack cocaine packaged in 25 plastic bags.
Tauraun Lanier, 39, of Broadview was arrested as he got out of the car, the office said. But the other occupant, Carlton Polk, 31, of Lynwood tried to flee and then began fighting with the officers, according to the sheriff's office.
Officers used pepper spray to subdue and handcuff Polk, described as 6-foot-6 and weighing 330 pounds.
During the scuffle, Maurice Lanier, 27, of Broadview came out of a nearby house and, with a hand placed under his shirt, told the officers “I’ll kill you” if they didn’t let the two go, the sheriff's office said.
"When police drew their weapons and ordered him to the ground, Lanier kept his hand hidden and told police 'shoot me,' ” the office said. "Lanier then began inciting associates in nearby houses to come out and a large crowd then began gathering near the two officers. Officers approached Lanier and he attempted to flee, but was detained and, after a brief struggle, taken into custody."
Polk was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of heroin – both Class X felonies because he was arrested in front of a school.
Tauraun Lanier was charged with possession of cannabis.
Maurice Lanier was charged with assault and resisting arrest – the eighth time he’s been arrested for resisting or assaulting police, the sheriff's office said. He also has prior arrests for intimidation by mob or gang actions.
All three are known Gangster Disciples, officials said.