An Independence man has been charged after he allegedly threatened a Lee's Summit Police officer by pointing a rifle at him during a pursuit early Friday.
Jackson County prosecutors charged 30-year-old Richard Connely later in the day with first-degree assault and armed criminal action. He was located and arrested Saturday.
According to court documents, an officer responding Friday morning to a prowler call from a central Lee's Summit neighborhood located a silver Ford Focus in connection with the call. The driver, Connely, had a flashlight between his legs and told the officer he lived nearby, but when the officer asked for ID he drove off without turning on his headlights.
During the ensuing pursuit, Connely pointed what appeared to be a rifle with a scope attached multiple times, according to court documents. He also threw several items out of the car on Longview Road, including a long gun and case, bullet-proof vest, a badge and a bag of an unknown white substance. The vest was found to be stolen from a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper, and the badge was from the Kansas City Police Department. Police also found a Remington shotgun alongside the road.
When the vehicle was recovered in a south Grandview neighborhood, officers found a rifle in plain view on the passenger side. The registered owner of the Focus, who resided in Belton, was not the suspect and told police Connely was an acquaintance and had taken the vehicle without permission.
Connely’s prior charges – all in Cass County – include unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, trespassing, tampering with a motor vehicle and possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a weapon and forgery. He pleaded guilty to the first two. The latter charges are from the previous December and February.