BRADENTON -- Bradenton Police Officer Phillip Smolinsky has been named the Officer of the Month for September for making a traffic stop that led to the recovery of a stolen car and the discovery of several high-powered weapons, according to police.
Following the traffic stop early of the morning of Aug. 7, the driver and two passengers ran, and after a brief standoff at a nearby residence, the two passengers were arrested on various weapons and other charges.
Back at the car, which had not yet been reported stolen, officers found two fully loaded semi-automatic assault rifles. They also recovered a handgun dropped by one of the suspects while he was running away, police said.
"Officer Smolinsky's pro-active patrolling tactics led to a traffic stop where he was successful in removing two high-powered assault rifles, and a semi-automatic handgun from the streets, along with recovering a stolen vehicle," said Deputy Chief Warren Merriman. "Most importantly, Officer Smolinsky’s actions prevented further violence in our community from occurring."