In a conviction of defendant for being a felon in possession of a firearm, arising from a consensual search of a bedroom by police and the seizure of a pistol resulting from the search while the police were investigating a break-in and a shooting at the defendant's residence, district court's grant of defendant's motion to suppress the pistol is reversed as, although the district court viewed the evidence through the lens of its later significance, the officers acted reasonably in seizing it based on what they knew at the time.
Argued: October 15, 2009
Decided: December 4, 2009
Opinion by Circuit Judge Wilkinson
For Appellant: Thomas Ernest Booth
For Appellee: W. Walter Wilkins, III