DEARBORN — Police officers found a large cache of weapons and ammo Nov. 7 after a postal carrier-initiated wellness check of a legally licensed Dearborn arms dealer, who died of natural causes.
Dearborn Police Chief Ron Haddad said at a Nov. 12 press conference that the community was on edge when rumors started to spread after people saw police removing guns and ammunition from the house.
“Many members of the community saw the police come out, and that’s what these weapons are here for,” he said, gesturing toward the conference room table. “The gentleman, the decedent, was a federal firearms dealers and he had a lot of weapons stored within his house.
“I can tell you from the appearance of these weapons that they all have individual locks on them and the amount of ammo we took out is in a trailer in the back.”
Haddad said a postal employee noticed mail and packages piling up on the porch. The employee looked in the window and saw a man lying face down on the floor.
“He called the police and fire rescue to try and get him help, but unfortunately it was too late and the gentleman had been deceased,” Haddad said. “The postal employee was on-the-spot, but unfortunately it was too late to render any kind of first aid.”
Haddad said the house was in the Springwells subdivision, northwest of Greenfield and Rotunda. He said 22 guns were removed from the house.
“A lot of the guns were probably stored in very secure safes, which is supposed to be done,” he said. “There was no need to register these by law, because he is a federal firearms dealer, and you can see that he went through great pains to ensure that they were properly secured and taken care of.”
Haddad said the amount of guns and ammo in the house was not unusual.
“Good or bad, this is not out of the norm,” Haddad said. “Many people own a lot of guns in our country.”