(STL.News) – A Kansas City, Missouri, man has been charged in federal court with illegally possessing the firearm he accidentally fired in a fatal shooting at the Kansas City Zoo.
Anthony R. Meneses, 27, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo., on Tuesday, Aug. 11, with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Meneses was arrested today and will have his initial court appearance this afternoon.
According to an affidavit filed in support of the federal criminal complaint, Kansas City police officers were called to the scene of an accidental shooting in a parking lot at 6800 Zoo Drive, Kansas City, Mo., on Sunday, Aug. 9. The victim, identified in court documents as “J.S.,” had been shot while he was sitting in the driver’s seat of a 2005 Toyota Camry, which was occupied by three other persons.
Meneses, J.S.’s cousin, was sitting behind the driver’s seat. Meneses’s wife was also in the back seat; the victim’s girlfriend was in the front passenger seat. Meneses allegedly grabbed the gun, a Glock 9mm pistol, from the back pocket of the driver’s seat when the gun accidentally fired. The bullet traveled though the driver’s seat, striking J.S. in the chest.
J. S. was transported to Research Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased.
Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Meneses has a prior felony conviction for tampering with a motor vehicle.
The charge contained in this complaint is simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bradley K. Kavanaugh. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, the FBI, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Operation LeGend is a federal partnership with local law enforcement to address the increase in homicides and violent crime in Kansas City, Mo., in 2020. The operation honors the memory of four-year-old LeGend Taliferro, one of the youngest fatalities during a record-breaking year of homicides and shootings. Additional federal agents were assigned to the operation from the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the U.S. Marshals Service.