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Montco DA: Man Arrested For Purchasing Gun Used To Kill Plymouth Meeting Officer
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http://www.myfoxphilly.com/story/1978452...ed-for-him


Montco DA: Man Arrested For Purchasing Gun Used To Kill Officer

Posted: Oct 10, 2012 11:53 AM EDT Updated: Oct 10, 2012 1:05 PM EDT

Officer Bradley Fox was killed in September after chasing a suspect who left the scene of an accident. Officer Bradley Fox was killed in September after chasing a suspect who left the scene of an accident.

Michael J. Henry is accused of illegal "straw purchase" of nine firearms. (Montgomery County District Attorney) Michael J. Henry is accused of illegal "straw purchase" of nine firearms. (Montgomery County District Attorney)
Montgomery County, Pa. -

The Montgomery County District Attorney announced Wednesday the arrest of a man accused of illegally purchasing nine firearms and then giving them to the man who later killed a Plymouth Township Police Officer last month.

According to District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, Michael J. Henry was arrested for the illegal "straw purchase" of the firearms. Investigators say one of the firearms was the Baretta 9mm semi-automatic used to kill Officer Bradley Fox.

Fox was killed on September 13 when he was chasing Andrew Thomas after he left the scene of a traffic accident.

After the shooting, Thomas committed suicide.

Investigators say they learned that the gun used by Thomas was purchased on May 30, 2012 and that it was registered to Henry.

Henry told investigators during an interview that he first met Thomas in April and that between April 10th and July 31st, he purchased a total of nine firearms for Thomas, including the weapon used in the shooting, the district attorney's office said.

According to investigators, the nine firearms included seven pistols and two rifles.

Henry is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon.

The district attorney says detectives are now searching for the other firearms that were purchased for Thomas.
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I'm sure the usual suspects will be making a lot of hay out of this story. The guy straw purchases 9 firearms and somehow didn't get caught? Well, considering he went to three different stores and bought them, and was probably experienced at buying firearms in the past, I doubt there's anyway a salesperson could have known what he was up to.
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Since the rifles can be transferred without an FFL looks like they only have him on 7 counts... either way, he needs to go to jail for a long time.
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bigdawgbeav;22004 Wrote:Since the rifles can be transferred without an FFL looks like they only have him on 7 counts... either way, he needs to go to jail for a long time.
Unless he knew that Thomas was prohibited.
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Just to make sure I have this right in PA a handguns person to person sale has to go through and ffl, but a rifle can be sold accross the table?

I wonder how this guy got caught?
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bluedog46;22181 Wrote:Just to make sure I have this right in PA a handguns person to person sale has to go through and ffl, but a rifle can be sold accross the table?

I wonder how this guy got caught?

Duh, the police checked the registry that's not a registry of the firearm that was recovered from the murderer. It does sound like both of them are squealing on each other though from the article.

Also, I believe all 9 firearms would have been illegally transferred regardless of two of them being long guns. He bought them clearly as a straw purchase as it was stated in the article. I believe the straw purchaser knew the guy was prohibited.
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Here is a link to a more detailed article: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaki...a_man.html

Quote:According to an affidavit of probable cause, Thomas and Henry discussed the possibility of being stopped by the police while carrying one of the weapons. Thomas told Henry he would flee.

"Thomas told Henry that he 'wouldn't go alive' and that he 'would shoot a cop' " rather than be captured, the affidavit said.

Unfortunately, he made good on his promise of taking a cop with him.
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