The arrest Wednesday of an Independence firefighter on felony stealing charges has the city’s fire chief checking policies and procedures to determine the man’s future with the department.

The arrest Wednesday of an Independence firefighter on felony stealing charges has the city’s fire chief checking policies and procedures to determine the man’s future with the department.

Shon Pernice, a medic with the Independence Fire Department and husband of Renee Pernice, a Northland woman missing since early January, was arrested Wednesday morning at Fire Station No. 7 near 23rd Street and Missouri 291 on charges alleging he stole a neighbor’s a .22 caliber Walther semi-automatic pistol.

According to Darin Snapp, a Kansas City Police Department spokesman, Wednesday’s arrest is not related to Renee Pernice’s disappearance.

“We are waiting on additional information so that we can follow our policies and procedures on situations like this,” said Independence Fire Chief Sandra K. Schiess. “We are currently researching (policies), and there may be some disciplinary action, but until we have more information on what’s going on, we really don’t know what we will find.

“We are doing the best we can to figure out how to proceed based on the parameters of our city’s policies and procedures.”

Shon Pernice is being held on a $25,000 bond. The Clay County Prosecutor’s Office charged him with a Class C felony of stealing a firearm.

Snapp provided the following details:

Shon Pernice was arrested at about 10:15 a.m. at Independence Fire Station No. 7, 2206 Hub Drive, on felony gun theft charges.

According to Snapp, on Jan. 31, the Kansas City Police Department received a telephone call from a woman in regard to a stolen firearm. The woman stated that Shon Pernice and his two sons were at her house on Jan. 30 because their children played together. Shon asked the woman if her basement was finished yet, and after she said yes, he viewed the basement as she was upstairs preparing dinner.

That evening, the woman went to set her house alarm and it wouldn’t set because the basement’s door was ajar. She noticed that the alarm’s magnetic strip was damaged in the basement. At 3:30 a.m. Jan. 31, the woman’s husband returned home and noticed that one of his handguns was missing from the basement.

The couple confronted Shon Pernice the next day at his house, and approximately two days later, he knocked on their door with the handgun, apologized and returned the gun.

Calls Wednesday to Shon Pernice’s attorneys Kevin Baldwin and Eric Vernon were unreturned.

Rick Pretz, Renee Pernice’s father, declined to comment on the arrest of Shon Pernice. Pretz said the family’s only concern is to bring his daughter home and the welfare of the two children that the Pernices’ share – children Pretz said Shon Pernice hasn’t allowed his missing wife’s family to see since Pretz reported the woman missing Jan. 3.

“We can’t figured that part out, but that is where we are at right now,” Pretz said of not being allowed to see his grandsons, ages 6 and 8.

In early February, Clay County Prosecutor Daniel White said the Renee Pernice case is now a death investigation. Renee’s family has announced a $25,000 reward for information.

Kansas City police have yet to name a suspect or person of interest.

– Adrianne DeWeese contributed to this article