Citizen complaints serve as the beginning of a large number of police investigations. When a complaint comes in and an officer responds to the scene, their investigation may lead far beyond what the original complaint was for. In a recent case, where a complaint came in for a domestic disturbance, police have taken a Pennsylvania man into custody on gun charges as well as several other offenses.
Police were called to the scene of a domestic dispute just before 1:30 p.m. Upon their arrival they spoke with a female victim. It is unclear what evidence the woman provided to the officer however, the officer's subsequent investigation led them to come in contact with a 39-year-old man. A search of the residence resulted in police seizing a firearm as well as $2,000 in cash.
The man was taken into custody after police discovered that he had several active warrants out for his arrest. He now faces gun, assault and drug charges. Police also stated that the man was wanted by Philadelphia police however, it is unclear what he is wanted for at this time.
Gun charges can bring with them serious consequences if the defendant is found guilty in a Pennsylvania federal or state court. However, the mere fact that a defendant is charged with a gun offense does not mean that they are guilty of the crime. Only through presenting enough evidence to convince a judge or jury beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant was the one in possession of the firearm can a conviction be secured.
Source: fox43.com, Lancaster man arrested on felony drug warrants, Howard Sheppard, Aug. 31, 2013