Utah Sheriffs Missing M-16 Misegos

 My money's on the guy on the left (courtesy co.davis.ut.us)

One week ago, TTAG named the Davis County Sheriff’s Office our Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day for losing a M16. (D’oh!) We were particularly captivated by this comment: “Davis County Sheriff Todd Richardson said last week it’s only a matter of time before the rifle is found. And anyone who knowingly possesses the rifle will be prosecuted, even if that person is or was a peace officer.” Well, sltrib.com reports that the Sheriff’s found the missing full-auto firearm. And here’s the tough-talking po-po’s statement on the recovered rifle . . .

Sgt. Susan Poulsen confirmed Wednesday that someone turned in the rifle Friday. She declined to say who or whether the person had a relationship to the sheriff’s office.

Poulsen said the return of the rifle has reopened the investigation into its disappearance.

“Right now, it’s administrative,” Poulsen said of the investigation. “We’re not sure [whether a crime has been committed] until it gets a little bit closer” to completion.

A probe last year pointed to a current or former peace officer taking the rifle . . .

Investigators also couldn’t find the mechanism disabling the missing rifle’s automatic fire capability. The mechanisms were removed from the other M-16s in 2006.

Accountability. It’s a thing. Unless you’re a cop. Then, not so much. At least if you work for the Davis County Sheriff’s Office.

UPDATE! Here’s what happened to the gun, allegedly, via standard.net.

It was a Davis County sheriff’s deputy who had the missing fully automatic M-16 rifle, the sheriff said.

The deputy, whose name has not been released, notified his superior, who then notified Sheriff Todd Richardson last Friday, according to a press release.

The deputy is facing disciplinary action, but what that will entail has not yet been determined, said Sgt. Susan Poulsen on Thursday.

News reports about the missing gun sparked the memory of the deputy, who had been deployed to Afghanistan sometime after 2006. The officer, who was a member of the sheriff’s SWAT team and a member of the military, had asked permission to take the M-16 for training purposes for SWAT before he was deployed.

“The employee trained with the rifle, and then put the gun into his gun safe at home at the time of deployment, where it has stayed since 2006,” according to the press release.

The deputy was gone for 18 months, returned home and then went on a second tour in the Middle East. During that time he had not “thought about that rifle since 2006,” according to the press release.

And because of the lack of paperwork and “partially because of human error, the employee never heard about an investigation into a missing M-16 rifle” until he read news stories that were published last week, according to the press release.

The deputy had been employed with the sheriff’s office during the entire period the gun was missing and the gun was never on the streets, according to the release.

“He simply forgot it was there,” according to the release.

comments

  1. avatar mark_anthony_78 says:

    Why is that soldier photo-bombing the picture of those police officers?

    1. avatar Another Robert says:

      LOL!! That’s funny….

    2. avatar Ralph says:

      Why is the dog humping the cop’s leg?

      1. avatar S.CROCK says:

        Maybe its his way of saying thank you for not shooting me.

        1. avatar Wee Liam says:

          Sarcastic uber-truth of the week!

      2. avatar GeeSmith 2 says:

        Why ask why?

      3. avatar Ray says:

        Because he couldn’t reach his mouth?

        1. avatar William Burke says:

          Federal judge: BLM engaged in criminal conspiracy against NV ranchers:

          http://www.prisonplanet.com/federal-judge-blm-engaged-in-a-criminal-conspiracy-against-ranchers.html

      4. avatar bontai Joe says:

        Damn, that’s funny! I’m glad I wasn’t drinking while reading that, or I’d have sprayed my monitor when I bust out laughing!

    3. avatar BDub says:

      There also seems to be a drug-dog that’s “indicating drugs” in that others cop’s pants.

  2. avatar Philip Mehegan says:

    How hard is it to lose an m-16?He should be dishonorably discharged, and whats with the soldier?

  3. avatar jwm says:

    That’s the sheriff’s SAR unit. They just rescued that lost soldier from the desert after he got seperated from his unit during training.

    And is that k9 trying to hump that guys leg?

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      I think the cop is getting frisky with the dog.

    2. avatar BDub says:

      I think that’s probable cause to search that cops pants – amIright?

    3. avatar William Burke says:

      He got LOST? The Boy Scouts have failed us all.

      Sun rise east. Sun set west.

      1. avatar The Other Luke says:

        That’s if your *in* the East, but we are way out West now, so we are past where the sun sets.

  4. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Wonder if we’ll ever hear the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?

    1. avatar Dev says:

      Well I, for one, certainly will not be holding my breath…

    2. avatar GeeSmith 2 says:

      “You can’t handle the Truth … ”
      obscure film quote

      1. avatar Nathanredbeard says:

        Pretty sure A Few Good Men is far from obscure for the average reader of this sight.

        1. avatar GeeSmith 2 says:

          I told you that you couldn’t handle the truth …

    3. avatar Leon says:

      Meh, I think it’s the truth. All other things being equal, the most believable explanation is where someone did something dumb.

      1. avatar Barstow Cowboy says:

        Yeah, it totally slipped his mind that he has a piece of gear that would cost the rest of us $15,000-$20,000 to buy IF we were lucky enough to have the opportunity to do so. He wasn’t hoping that they’d forget about it and that he’d be able to keep it for himself, nah. Sounds legit.

        1. avatar William Burke says:

          Yeah. He had one of his cronies boost it, fence it (in Mexico?), and they spilt the loot.

          I’ve seen this one enough times to know what’s going on. Someone should write a short up about this for VICE Magazine. I wish I could afford the subscription rate.

  5. avatar neiowa says:

    “Sgt” Susan copchicks are still just as funny as soldierchicks. Interesting that 90% of the cop PAO are girls. A cynical might think couldn’t do anything more than look pretty for the media.

    1. avatar CA_Chris says:

      The door is that way sir.

      1. avatar Ryan says:

        These look like good men! Are these my men?

        No, that’s a watercooler sir, your men are over there…

  6. avatar William Burke says:

    This is a phony incident that he had second thoughts about after the fact.

    I remember one Christmas in Taos, the Sheriff had his AR-15 “stolen” from his official vehicle when he had a few days off. You don’t leave your AR-15 in an unlocked vehicle, period. This is the way things are done in Taos. I’m positive he worked this out with a friend to “steal” it, and sell it and split the cash.

    And the county buys him a new one.

    I know SO many stories like this one. A guy advertised a motorcycle for sale; one of the Sheriff’s deputies came to the shed where it was stored, under the pretense of buying it. He didn’t.

    The next morning, the bike was discovered to have been stolen. The bike clearly was taken immediately up into Colorado to be fenced.

  7. avatar Ralph says:

    The rifle was returned by Eric Holder, all the way from Mexico. Where the M 16 had walked all by itself.

    1. avatar William Burke says:

      I just had a thought. We know some firefighters start fires so they can look like a Big Hero.
      This could be the same sort of deal. Cop’s diligent investigatory technique leads to recovery of stolen rifle.

      Praise all around. Raise.

  8. avatar tfunk says:

    Press release said it was a Davis County Deputy that had it. Looks like he was in Natl Guard and asked to be issued an M-16 to “train” with prior to deployment in 2006. Upon deployment put it in his gun safe and “forgot about it” (apparently hasn’t looked in his gun safe between 2006-7 and 2014), until seeing newspaper articles referring to the missing rifle.

    1. avatar mark_anthony_78 says:

      So it was “missing” for 7 years before *anybody* noticed it was not where it should be?

      1. avatar Gene says:

        That’s disturbing on so many levels.

        1. avatar Jus Bill says:

          It’s an indication of how much unsanctioned crime there is there.

  9. avatar Defens says:

    I find it interesting that the rifle was “missing the mechanism that disables the rifle from automatic fire.” That’s about the opposite of what was probably found, since there is no such thing. The M-16 had been stripped of its auto-sear and other compatible fire control parts; probably replaced with some off-the-shelf AR-15 parts. The original auto-sear, sear, disconnector, selector switch, trigger and hammer are wrapped up in an oily rag somewhere in the back of someone’s safe.

    1. avatar Ryan says:

      In a way, there is. This is the best image I could find of it:

      http://www.fototime.com/637CC1EB193302F/standard.jpg

      There is something called a “lock plate” that we used to put on our rifles in the National Guard that would physically prevent the rifle from being switched to full auto (yes, I am this old). Basically you took off the pistol grip, slid the plate on and screwed the pistol grip back on.

      The lock plate had a little aluminum flange that stood up and physically prevented you from putting the rifle on full auto. Back in the old days when we all wore green and carried M16A1’s and everybody’s lies were about Vietnam instead of Iraq we used to practice riot control. A few selected soldiers were “designated marksmen” who got the rifles with the lock plates. Everybody else got sticks.

      The lock plate was just aluminum. You could actually bend it to the side and switch the rifle to auto if you really wanted to. Some of them even broke off as we carried the rifles around during training.

      I was never in a real riot, but I was always told that we would never have any reason to go full auto in an OOTW (Operations Other Than War) environment.

      1. avatar Sid says:

        Mostly accurate.

        The lockplates were not for designated marksmen. Prior to the SAW, each fire team had one rifleman who was designated as the automatic rifleman. He was issue a clip-on bipod and designated to fire on auto. The other members of the team were instructed to fire aimed shots. At some point at echelons above reality, they decided that lockplates would ensure aimed fire.

        The whole thing was dumped when the M16A2 was fielded.

    2. avatar TTACer says:

      I was wondering what the hell they were talking about. That makes a lot more sense. Thanks for clearing that up.

  10. avatar cubby123 says:

    Ya, like they are going to follow through,they will drag it out keep it internal til everysody forgets about it!

  11. avatar Accur81 says:

    It’s 7:16 pm. Do you know where your guns are?

  12. avatar Hannibal says:

    An investigation like that should probably be handled by someone a little more independent than the office itself.

    1. avatar William Burke says:

      Like the Police Review Board?

      1. avatar Hannibal says:

        At least someone who is unlikely to know the person into whose hands it disappeared. There’s no perfect solution.

  13. avatar gemalo says:

    In my county, the fat guys are the ones on the motorcycles.

  14. avatar Paul53, says:

    I’ve told you kids a million times, if you’d put your things away when you’re done with them, you’d be able to find them now! Now help me clean up this mess from all the people that gun killed because you left it lying around.

    1. avatar William Burke says:

      I’m very sorry; I’ll give my grandson a talking-to tomorrow. 😀

  15. avatar doesky2 says:

    They pay for soldiers must be pretty spectacular nowadays for them to be able to afford to fill up a gun safe big enough to lose a M16 inside.

  16. avatar chris says:

    Hell ya now that’s tax free hazard pay

  17. avatar BR549 says:

    Half of your 9 man force needs to spend a little less time at the Krispy Kreme and a little more time on a StarMaster. Eh, Todd?

    1. avatar William Burke says:

      “StarMaster” is what, a video game?

  18. avatar Anmut says:

    BULLSHIT. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY, forgets they have a full auto gun in their safe at home – I don’t care how many tours you do overseas or on the moon.

    Also, since when can cops just “take home” NFA items at their luxury?

    1. avatar R Long says:

      Wow, I just looked and realized I had an entire safe worth of weapons that I’d forgotten about. It’s been sitting there in plain sight this entire time but I just kind of forgot about it. I hope I can remember if I have some other safes in the house; who knows what I really have here?

    2. avatar William Burke says:

      “Also, since when can cops just “take home” NFA items at their luxury?”

      Because nobody knows (until something like this occurs), and there is no one to stop them.

  19. avatar Pahtun6 says:

    Yeah because he deffinately didn’t realize it was in thier sooner, unless he’s a complete moron.

    When did obesity become such a problem in law enforcement. Seriously there are no excuses, zero. I don’t want to here an argument about not working out because of age. If your a cop and out of shape, get off the couch and get moving.

    1. avatar Jus Bill says:

      When they were issued “take home” patrol cars they lost the ability to walk. Until meal time, that is.

  20. avatar Crunkleross says:

    Where is the boat? You can’t be a modern Sheriffs Dept. without a high speed gun boat.

  21. avatar IdahoPete says:

    “The employee trained with the rifle, and then put the gun into his gun safe at home at the time of deployment, where it has stayed since 2006,” according to the press release.“He simply forgot it was there,” according to the release.

    Wonder how that excuse will play in CT?

  22. avatar Sammy says:

    How much good would that explanation do for you and me?

  23. avatar William Burke says:

    Did the spam monster eat my other post because the word VICE was in it?

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  27. avatar Mike O says:

    What does “misegos” mean?? It’s in the headline.

    1. avatar Mike O says:

      Perhaps the author meant “mishegoss.” If so, perhaps he should stick to using words he actually knows.

  28. avatar Prem chand says:

    I find it interesting that the rifle was “missing the mechanism that disables the rifle from automatic fire.” That’s about the opposite of what was probably found, since there is no such thing. The M-16 had been stripped of its auto-sear and other compatible fire control parts; probably replaced with some off-the-shelf AR-15 parts. The original auto-sear, sear, disconnector, selector switch, trigger and hammer are wrapped up in an oily rag somewhere in the back of someone’s safe.

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