Independence police arrested a convicted felon who fired off a shotgun round outside a home as police were serving a search warrant nearby.

Independence police arrested a convicted felon who fired off a shotgun round outside a home as police were serving a search warrant nearby.


Detectives with the department’s Special Victim’s and Career Criminals Units were serving an arrest warrant on the 1500 block of Willow Avenue Friday around 7:30 p.m.


Officers heard a shotgun blast and saw the muzzle flash coming from near a house on the 1500 block of Home Avenue.


The suspect rushed back inside the house. He refused to come out. Police set up around the house and called in the Bearcat, an armored police vehicle used for specialized missions like barricaded suspects or serving search warrants.


After a brief standoff, Andrew J. LeClaire, 26, and a woman surrendered to police. LeClaire, police say, was intoxicated.


A background check revealed LeClaire is a convicted felon. He pleaded guilty in June 2009 to driving while intoxicated, persistent offender and a second charge of misdemeanor operating a vehicle without a license.


A judge sentenced LeClaire to four years in prison for the DWI conviction and 120 days for the license violation. The judge suspended those sentences and placed LeClaire on five years of supervised probation for the DWI charge.


Police recovered an unknown amount of marijuana and several guns from the residence. He was charged with possession of drugs and unlawful use of a weapon.