Police seek felon allegedly involved in shooting

39-year-old Juneau resident considered armed and dangerous

Posted: Friday, January 01, 2010

Police are seeking help from the public to locate a convicted felon allegedly involved in a shooting inside a Lemon Creek apartment Wednesday night. Nobody was injured.

The Juneau Police Department is seeking 39-year-old Juneau resident Thomas Leigh-Kendall for questioning. He is described as a white male with brown hair and blue eyes who stands 5-feet 8-inches tall and weighs approximately 150 pounds.

Leigh-Kendall reportedly fired a hand gun inside an apartment after discovering his TV had been stolen, according to police.

"He is the one that we're being told fired the gun," Sgt. Dave Campbell said. "He's a felon, so he's not supposed to be possessing handguns. We are at this point in time looking for him and we do consider him armed and dangerous."

People should refrain from contacting Leigh-Kendall directly and call police if they know of his whereabouts, he added.

"We don't want anyone to make contact with him directly, but if they have information as to where he might be they can contact either the police department or Crime Line if they wish to remain anonymous," Campbell said.

Police received a call at about 11:39 p.m. Wednesday regarding a disturbance inside a residence of the Gruening Park Apartments.

"We got a call from a neighbor saying there was a lot of shouting coming from the apartment and that they heard what sounded like a gun shot," Campbell said.

Police officers entered the apartment to see if anyone had been injured in the incident but found the home vacated, he added. JPD officers contacted two men in the parking lot they knew lived in the apartment.

"(Officers) learned that the dispute was when another roommate had come home, found out that his television from his bedroom was missing, (and) confronted the people at the apartment to try to figure out who took his television," Campbell said. "He pulled out a handgun, threatened some of the occupants of the apartment with the handgun and ultimately ended up shooting a stereo."

Leigh-Kendall allegedly fired one shot before everyone inside the apartment fled the scene. Police are not yet disclosing the caliber of the gun used in the shooting.

"We did process the scene," Campbell said. "We recovered the bullet that had been fired. We also recovered the shell casing. It was a semi-automatic pistol, so the shell casing had been ejected."

The investigation is continuing.

Leigh-Kendall has a lengthy arrest record, including felony convictions for sexual abuse of a minor, burglary and theft, as well as misdemeanor convictions of theft and driving while intoxicated.

Anyone with information of Leigh-Kendall's whereabouts is asked to contact JPD at 586-0600 or Crime Line at 586-4243.

• Contact reporter Eric Morrisonat 523-2269 or eric.morrison@juneauempire.com.

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