Suspect in Plymouth officer’s death to be arraigned

Posted: October 17, 2012

Michael Joseph Henry, the alleged "straw man" who purchased the gun used to kill Plymouth Township Police Officer Bradley Fox, will be arraigned Dec. 5 in Montgomery County Court. Henry waived his right to a preliminary hearing in a Conshohocken district courtroom Tuesday and is being held on $1 million bail.

According to an affidavit by Montgomery County Detective James Carbo, Henry told investigators that he sold nine guns to Andrew Thomas, a convicted felon who was not allowed to possess firearms. On Sept. 13, Thomas was being pursued by police after driving on the wrong side of a road and hitting another vehicle. Fox was searching for Thomas in high grass near the Schuylkill Trail when Thomas fired multiple shots, according to the affidavit.

Fox died of a gunshot wound to the head and Thomas committed suicide, the coroner ruled. According to the affidavit, Henry told detectives that Thomas paid him $500 per weapon, and that the two discussed the possibility of being stopped by police. "Thomas told Henry that he 'wouldn't go alive' and that he would 'shoot a cop,' " the affidavit states.

Henry faces nine counts of illegal sale or transfer of firearms; seven counts of making false statements; and nine counts of making false written statements on the firearm applications, Henry allegedly swore that they were for himself.    - Jessica Parks

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