Not Good: State trooper leaves his loaded handgun at Lowe's

Not Good: State trooper leaves his loaded handgun at Lowe's

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    Not Good: State trooper leaves his loaded handgun at Lowe's

    State trooper leaves his loaded handgun at Lowe's

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS • March 16, 2010

    FORT WAYNE — Indiana State Police say a trooper will remain on duty while officials review details of an incident in which he left his loaded handgun in the restroom of a Lowe’s home improvement store.

    State police spokesman Sgt. Ron Galaviz says the off-duty trooper, whose name hasn’t been released, was still inside the store Saturday evening when he realized his 9mm Glock handgun was missing.

    Galaviz says the trooper retraced his steps and notified store managers, but an employee by then had found the weapon and turned it over to Fort Wayne police.

    Fort Wayne television station WANE says the review of the incident could take up to 15 days, but it isn’t clear what action might be taken.

    Indiana law allows off-duty troopers to carry their firearms.

    State trooper leaves his loaded handgun at Lowe’s | jconline.com | Journal and Courier


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    We've all done something stupid. I sure hope this guy doesn't loose hi job.
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    poo happens

    I would hate to see his job go down the toliet.

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    It will definitely have an effect on his job! His fellow officers will be reminding him of this for the next 20 years!

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    oh poop!
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    Well, it was just a Glock! No big deal, eh?

    Just kidding. We are all subject to a mistake now and then, at least the pistol didn't go "off" while he was disposed.

    I'd say after the investigation, there will be a reprimand and that's just about it.
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    What I want to know is wether it fell out of his holster or he set it down. Either way it is a mistake that could have been costly. Lucky the wrong person didn't get a hold of it.
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    We are all subject to a mistake now and then but had someone been injured as a result of his negligence, mistake would have morphed into liability. He is fortunate that nothing happened. I bet he won't forget it again any time soon, once he gets it back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thumper View Post
    We've all done something stupid. I sure hope this guy doesn't loose hi job.
    This is not stupid...It is gross negligence.

    Stupid is sticking your nose in a container to smell rotten milk after being told & shown ewww this smells rotten by another.
    No real potential for harm, no foul.

    This event had very real potential for harm, albeit by happenstance alone resulted in no foul.

    The employee did the right thing by turning the gun over immediately to law enforcement.
    He could have chosen to take it and say nothing...It likely winding up on the streets.
    Or a walk-in citizen could have found it or a teen or a small child.

    Why people unholster to use the facilities (#2) is beyond me.
    All you have to do is drop pants and put hand to the gun letting it go to the ground controlled by your hand as remaining holstered.
    Reverse when finished.

    He might not lose his job but he definitely should suffer an official reprimand.

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    I'm all for some desk jockey time in situations like this.
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    Scary, considering just about every time I'm at Lowes my 5 yr. old has to use the bathroom.
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    So if I find an unattended gun, what does the law say I have to do?

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    Kids law

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveInTexas View Post
    So if I find an unattended gun, what does the law say I have to do?
    "Finders keepers, losers weeper" works for me but I would have to turn it in also.
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    Do the right thing

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveInTexas View Post
    So if I find an unattended gun, what does the law say I have to do?
    Do you really need a law to tell you the correct response when you have found something that does not belong to you?

    I dunno about anyone else, but I was raised to believe if it is not my property, just because I found it does not make it mine. I'd turn the gun in and not have a second thought about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by varob View Post
    Scary, considering just about every time I'm at Lowes my 5 yr. old has to use the bathroom.
    No offense but unless your five year old is carrying why would it matter? Do you have to unholster when he goes?

    It's a bad situation no matter who it happens to and deserves reprimand. I am not sure however, just what the punishment should be, but Sixto's desk jockey idea sure sounds like a good start.
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