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Michael Henry arrested, accused of selling gun used to kill Ofc. Brad Fox

Police say Henry made several 'straw purchases' for Andrew Thomas

Gun used to kill police officer bought illegally, DA says

NORRISTOWN, Pa. - Police in Montgomery County have made an arrest in connection with the homicide of Plymouth Township police Ofc. Brad Fox.

The suspect, Michael Henry, is accused of supplying the murder weapon to Fox's killer.

Henry was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Francis Bernhardt Wednesday afternoon on nine felony charges.

Investigators identified Henry, 30, of Philadelphia, as the "straw purchaser" of the Beretta pistol used to kill Fox.

"He put nine guns into the hands of a felon, and one of those guns was used to kill a police officer," said Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman.

Henry uttered the word, "Sorry," as he was placed into a police cruiser.

The district attorney said Henry made a three-month deal with Fox's killer, Andrew Thomas, after the two men met this past spring.

The deal, according to the D.A., was that Thomas would give Henry an additional $500 for each of the seven pistols and two rifles he purchased for him.

Six weapons, including the murder weapon, were purchased at In Site Firearms in Montgomery County, and three were purchased at French Creek Outfitters in Chester County.

According to Ferman, the deal was often made in the store's parking lot.

"At some point while these transactions were taking place the killer did say to Mr. Henry he would not go back to jail and he would shoot a police officer," said Ferman.

That's what happened September 13. Fox was investigating a hit-and-run accident when he pursued another vehicle. 

Thomas ambushed the two-time war veteran, who was expecting his second child. He shot him in the head and then committed suicide.

Thomas was on probation for forgery charges and went by 16 different aliases.

"I'm sharing them with you in the hopes there will be someone out there who's seen this man, and can help us locate the eight other firearms," said Ferman.

Investigators have the murder weapon in their possession, but they are asking for the public's help to find the others.

The D.A. said Henry does have a history of drug addiction, and the judge set his bail at $1 million.

Anyone who has had contact with Andrew Thomas within the last two years is asked to contact the Montgomery County Detective Bureau at 610-278-3368.

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