Gun used to kill Plymouth Officer was a straw purchase; suspect arrested

A Philadelphia man allegedly made an illegal “straw purchase” of…

A Philadelphia man allegedly made an illegal “straw purchase” of a gun for a Lower Merion man who then used the gun to kill a Plymouth police officer, having claimed he “wouldn’t go alive” and that he “would shoot a cop” if cornered.

Michael Joseph Henry, 30, of the 900 block of North 41st Street, Philadelphia, was arraigned Wednesday before District Court Judge Francis J. Bernhardt III on charges of sale or purchase of firearms and unsworn falsification to authorities in connection with alleged incidents that occurred between April and July 2012. Henry is being held in lieu of $1 million cash bail, awaiting an Oct. 16 preliminary hearing.

Henry, prosecutors alleged, made so-called “straw purchases” of nine firearms, seven pistols and two rifles, at gun stores in West Norriton and East Pikeland between April and July. Henry then illegally transferred the nine weapons, in exchange for $500 each, to Andrew Charles Thomas, 44, of Grasmere Road, Lower Merion, authorities alleged.

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