DETROIT (AP) – Federal authorities tracing ownership of a gun used in a shootout at a Detroit police precinct have charged an ex-convict with illegally possessing it.

Elijah Gayden, who has a 1995 cocaine conviction in Elkhart County, Ind., was charged Tuesday with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Lamar Moore, 38, used the 20-gauge shotgun to shoot up the police station and wound four police officers on Sunday, Jarrod Marsh, an agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said in an affidavit filed Tuesday.

Moore was killed in the shootout.

According to the court filing, Gayden told agents he purchased the weapon for $200 from another man last spring. Marsh’s affidavit does not indicate how Moore obtained the gun.

“We don’t know that (Gayden) gave the firearm directly to him. We’re still investigating,” ATF spokesman Donald Dawkins said Wednesday.

Gayden appeared in federal court on the gun charge Tuesday and was released. There was no attorney listed for Gayden in his case file. His next court date is Feb. 9.

Two of the wounded officers – one who was shot in the head and the other in the back – may be released from a hospital this week, doctors said.

Moore’s home was gutted by a fire on Tuesday, two days after the shooting. 

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Comments (2)
  1. Joel says:

    Does anyone else find it a tad odd that this guy’s house was burned not long after the shooting? Are we talking arson or was this simply because he left the coffee pot on?

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