Independence man accused of having gun stolen from officer

4 years 1 month 3 weeks ago Tuesday, June 14 2016 Jun 14, 2016 Tuesday, June 14, 2016 7:12:29 AM CDT June 14, 2016 in News
By: Madeline Odle, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An Independence man has been charged with illegally possessing a handgun that was stolen from a police officer in a home burglary.

The Kansas City Star reports that 35-year-old Paul M. Leach was charged Monday in federal court. Court documents say he was arrested Sunday after pulling a loaded handgun from his waistband and throwing it into some bushes as he attempted to flee from Independence police officers. The officers were investigating a call about a suspicious person.

Authorities later determined that the gun had been reported stolen in a Lee's Summit home burglary last December and had been issued to a Belton police officer.

Leach is barred from possessing a firearm because he has several prior felony convictions. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

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