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Leavenworth bail bondsman shoots his way into trouble with the law

  • The Kansas City Star
  • Published Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at 3:45 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at 8:55 a.m.

A bail bondsman who was perhaps a little too eager to catch his quarry pleaded no contest Wednesday to an aggravated assault charge, the Leavenworth County prosecutor said.

Edward Carnoali, 67, was standing in the 1400 block of Grand Avenue in Leavenworth, sawed-off shotgun in hand, when an officer approached him the evening of Sept. 25.

“He’s getting away,” Carnoali reportedly said. “Let’s go.”

The officer explained that she was there to investigate a shooting report.

“I shot at him,” Carnoali is said to have replied. “But don’t worry. I missed him.”

Carnoali said his company was responsible for serving a warrant on a man, who the bondsman suspected was visiting his girlfriend’s home. When the man ran out the back door, Carnoali allegedly fired at him and began yelling.

“The victim was later apprehended and said he was in fear of being shot,” Leavenworth County Attorney Todd G. Thompson said in a written statement.

The barrel on Carnoali’s shotgun was 19 inches long, one inch longer than the legal minimum, Thompson said.

Sentencing for Carnoali was scheduled for March 12.

To reach Mark Morris, call 816-234-4310 or send email to mmorris@kcstar.com.

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