This Sig Sauer .22-calliber semi-automatic pistol is connected to the case of a restaurant employee being threatened at gunpoint. Photo courtesy of the U.S. District Attorney’s Office.

A Kansas City, Mo., man faces charges in federal court for illegally possessing a firearm he used to threaten an employee at KFC on Independence Boulevard.

Edward Latimore, 46, was charged on Monday, Aug. 10 in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo., with being a felon in possession of a firearm, a Sig Sauer .22-caliber semi-automatic pistol.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the federal criminal complaint, an employee at the KFC at 3014 Independence Blvd. confronted Latimore on the afternoon of Saturday, Aug. 8, when Latimore went to the rear of the restaurant to publicly urinate. After they argued, Latimore left the restaurant. The employee then saw Latimore approach the drive-through window, where they argued again. 

Latimore allegedly pulled up his shirt and showed the employee the firearm, then drew the pistol from his waistband, pointed it at the employee and threatened to kill the employee.

A second employee had taken a photo of Latimore, which they provided to the police. Officers then searched the area for Latimore and found him walking northbound on the east side of Gladstone Boulevard. Officers made contact with Latimore and took the pistol from his waistband, along with a magazine, loaded with 10 .22-caliber rounds of ammunition, from his left pants pocket.

Federal law prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Latimore has prior felony convictions for assault and armed criminal action, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

This case was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department (KCPD) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) as part of Operation Legend.