By Johannes P.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies have lost a beanbag shotgun that went missing from the trunk of a Sheriff’s Department vehicle after a 33-mile, hour-long drive from Agoura Hills to Hollywood on Saturday. “The shotgun is loaded with four bean bag shells but can operate as a regular gun if loaded with live shotgun shells,” according to the press release. After the experience in Portland, you’d think departments would avoid issuing officers shotguns that can fire both live and “less lethal” rounds. Anyway, the (unidentified) deputies were reportedly flagged down by a passerby near the Sunset Boulevard off-ramp who informed them that their trunk was open two or three inches . . .
The shotgun was described as having a chrome-colored barrel with a yellow stock, with the words “Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department” stamped on the stock.
The Department stated that they are “very concerned about finding this missing shotgun. … The cause of the loss is under investigation, including to determine if the trunk latch was somehow blocked, if the trunk was not fully closed, or if the trunk latch somehow disengaged in transit.”
It’s good that the Department is taking this seriously but I’m more than a little concerned that they made no mention of the most obvious suspect.