Defendant's conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm is affirmed where: 1) the circumstances of a face-to-face encounter between an informant and an officer provided sufficient reasonable suspicion to justify the Terry stop of defendant's vehicle; and 2) given the circumstances confronting the officers, the brief protective search of defendant's vehicle was proper.
Argued: September 22, 2009
Decided: December 17, 2009
Opinion by Circuit Judge Shedd
For Appellant: Matthew Segal, Fedeal Defenders of Western North Carolina, Inc.
For Appellee: Mark Andrews Jones, Office of the U.S. Attorney