A man arrested by Independence police for passing counterfeit money had a loaded gun tucked into his pants when he was placed in the back seat of a police car.
Police later found the 9 mm handgun under the front passenger seat of the patrol car, according to court documents filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas City.
The man under arrest, Christopher L. Roche, is now charged in federal court with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Roche later told detectives that the officer driving the patrol car “did not deserve to be shot because he was professional” to Roche, according to court documents.
He told detectives that he would have considered shooting the officer if he had been unprofessional.
Roche, 49, was arrested July 1 after attempting to pass counterfeit $50 bills at various businesses.
When police searched him, they found $450 in counterfeit money. All the bills had the same serial number, according to court documents.
The search, however, failed to turn up the gun that Roche said was tucked into the front of his pants. The gun had been reported stolen in a Lee’s Summit car burglary earlier this year.
Roche has numerous prior felony convictions, according to court documents.