United States of America, Plaintiff-appellee, v. Jodie Taylor, Defendant-appellant, 134 F.3d 380 (9th Cir. 1998)Annotate this Case
Submitted January 12, 1998. **Decided Jan. 16, 1998
Before: BROWNING, KLEINFELD, and THOMAS, Circuit Judges.
Jodie Taylor appeals the district court's denial of his motion to suppress evidence, following his conditional guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 922(g) (1) and 924(a) (2). We have jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1291. We review de novo the district court's decision on a motion to suppress and we review its underlying factual findings for clear error. See United States v. Becker, 23 F.3d 1537, 1539 (9th Cir. 1994); United States v. Gooch, 6 F.3d 673, 679 (9th Cir. 1993). We affirm.
Taylor does not dispute that the police had probable cause to arrest him. Instead, he contends that the district court should have suppressed evidence seized from his house because the police arrested him inside the house without a warrant and without exigent circumstances. This contention is meritless.
Even assuming Taylor was arrested when the police surrounded his house with their guns drawn in response to a 911 call reporting gunshots and fighting at Taylor's residence, we agree with the district court that exigent circumstances justified the warrantless arrest. There was a substantial risk of physical harm if the police delayed arrest until they could obtain a warrant. See Gooch, 6 F.3d at 679. Accordingly, the district court properly denied Taylor's motion to suppress.