Local news reports
The widow of a suburban Philadelphia police officer fatally shot with a gun bought by a straw purchaser filed a lawsuit Monday against the gun dealer that sold the weapon two years ago.
The lawsuit filed by Lynsay Fox alleges that In Site Firearms and Law Enforcement Supplies knew or should have known that Michael Henry, the man who bought the gun that killed Bradley Fox, was purchasing the gun for someone else and that there was an "unreasonable and foreseeable risk" that the handgun would be used to cause harm.
Bradley Fox, a Plymouth Township police officer and Iraq War veteran, was killed in September 2012 after a man he was pursuing shot him four times. The shooter, Andrew Thomas, then fatally shot himself with a gun purchased by Henry.
Henry was sentenced to 20 to 66 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to buying Thomas nine guns, six of which came from In Site, according to the lawsuit.
"I wish the man who murdered my husband never had access to a gun," she said. "And I wish the gun store against whom I have brought my lawsuit never sold to a straw purchaser the gun used to kill my husband. But that gun store did sell that gun. And that sale led to my husband's murder."
The straw purchases were paid for in cash, and Henry gave Thomas the guns in In Site's parking lot, according to the lawsuit.