LA County Sheriff Loses Beanbag Shotgun


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.


  1. avatar GuyFromV says:

    Fiona Glenanne took it.

    1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:


    2. avatar Don says:

      Loved Fiona… would have been an explosive relationship though, *sigh*

    3. avatar Model 31 says:

      Check her blue car. It can take a corner like a corvette…even with 800 pounds of ordnance in the back.

      Not trying to complain, but is the TTAG server constipated? pages are so slooow for me.

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        Pages very slow on this end, getting periodic 502 (I think) errors…

        1. avatar IAB2 says:

          me too.

        2. avatar Scrubula says:

          me three.
          No idea whats wrong but the page has been loading slowly for a few days…

        3. avatar Geoff PR says:

          DDoS attack, perhaps?

        4. avatar Jim says:

          Run ad blocker it’s the only way I can view the site

        5. avatar neiowa says:

          You likely have 4 kids home for Christmas/snow days with MacAir, Ipods, Kindles etc on your wifi. Use a sundial and yelling loudly.

    4. avatar Juliesa says:

      “Well in my experience if something seems too good to be true it’s best to shoot it just in case.”

  2. avatar Frank Masotti says:


  3. avatar Bret says:

    I kinda want that yellow furniture. Side note how often do we hear antis bitch about guns colored to look like toys. Seems they might want to reconsider the yellow shotgun…

    1. avatar sacorey says:

      In this case, the idea is sound, although making 20ga or 16ga the beanbag shotgun would seem smarter

  4. avatar jwm says:


  5. avatar Gordon Wagner says:

    I’m thinking “collector’s item”. Looks like fun.

    On a technical note, if you (TTAG) have the capability to re-size images, when you send out an e-mail notice, you probably want to use an image that doesn’t have to be re-sized by a mail reader or web browser on the fly. The shotgun image is 3001×1390, but it’s used at 558×259 in the e-mail — sizing the image to be used (and served) makes the e-mail/screen load a lot faster. FWIW. End of technical note.

    1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      This has been mentioned to the TTAG brass before, to no avail. Either they don’t get it, or they don’t care.

  6. avatar Geoff PR says:

    Is that a Mossburg Mariner?

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Looks like an 870 to me. An 870 out of a clown car.

      1. avatar Former Water Walker says:

        Bingo! You win the interwebz jwm. “but it’s YELLOW-who would want a yellow shotgun”?

        1. avatar Geoff PR says:

          “but it’s YELLOW-who would want a yellow shotgun”?

          Those who live on a Yellow Submarine, a Yellow Submarine, a Yellow Submarine…

        2. avatar Taylor TX says:

          I bet big bird would love a matching yellow boomstick.

      2. avatar heeringa says:

        Winner winner chicken dinner. If you zoom in close enough, you can read the end of Remington and 870 Police Magnum.

  7. avatar Uncle Fester says:

    It is a real shotgun with beanbag rounds. Calling it a Beanbag shotgun is simply false.

    1. avatar neiowa says:

      OR perhaps a Freedom Group version of the same (POS)

  8. avatar Don says:

    So for the uneducated, are there special less than lethal only chambered or guage sizes? I assume so by your tone.

  9. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    Calm down everyone … there is nothing to worry about. The police simply lost a toy shotgun. And we know that it is a toy because it is bright yellow.

  10. avatar Al Bondigas says:

    I can’t believe it’s not butter.

  11. avatar Noishkel says:

    Well I get why they gave it a yellow stock and all. But why did they spend the extra money on a stainless steel model?

    1. avatar Avid Reader says:

      It’s the special Ronald McDonald version. Only works with shells that have red hulls.

    2. avatar Bret says:

      I think its the mariner model, which is nickel plated, it’s for corrosion resistance.

      1. avatar Noishkel says:

        Sounds plausible. But it still begs the question of why did they specifically buy it? Is less lethal ammo more likely to be corrosive?

        1. avatar IdahoPete says:

          No – it’s because they leave it in the trunk of their patrol cars and ignore cleaning it regularly.

  12. avatar JoeinMich says:

    I’ve been saying for years that only the police are responsible enough to have guns….. hahahaha I crack me up… : )

  13. avatar Ralph says:

    This what happens when Remington and DeWalt procreate.

    1. avatar Noishkel says:

      Kind of like that DeWalt AR-15 someone made up…

  14. avatar TheBroke1 says:

    I guess I just don’t understand anymore!! Normally the Law Gravity would hold something of this size and weight down inside a trunk one would think. Sounds like a case of sticky fingers to me, unless these clown type colors and Bean Bags somehow add the Disney effect of flying Elephants?? Just ( asking ) sayin

  15. avatar Sixpack70 says:

    This is why the strictest gun laws don’t keep guns out of criminals hands. The police have guns and they don’t sound very hard to steal.

  16. avatar Hannibal says:

    Well, shouldn’t be hard to spot until they paint it to look less toy-like.

  17. avatar Russ Bixby says:

    Damned trunk latches, always just opening by themselves.

    1. avatar J O E says:

      That actually can happen. This is why I disconnected the interior trunk release on my Taurus. Had a switch short out and it opened on the highway. Luckily only had a few things in there so nothing lost.

      Police squads should have he interior trunk release disabled. How many times have the police bolted from their car in a foot chase, leaving their doors open? Trunk release still works, even with the vehicles shut off.

      1. avatar askeptic says:

        Remember, the courts have OK’d having a high-end limit on the IQ of cops.
        But, did they have to make it 75?

  18. avatar Nick says:

    They lost a bean bag shotgun. It is also capable of firing live ammunition if loaded with it. They lost a shotgun.

  19. avatar Stan says:

    Great. I live next to that sheriff’s station. Hope my kid doesn’t pick it up.

  20. avatar Madcap_Magician says:

    There aren’t any shotguns that can only fire beanbag rounds for the simple reason that shotgun beanbag rounds were designed to be the same size as regular shotgun shells.

    The regular practice for law enforcement, in order to help avoid deadly errors, is to have shotguns which are ONLY supposed to be loaded with less lethal munitions. The furniture on these guns is usually yellow, orange, red, or blue instead of black.

  21. avatar Full Cleveland says:

    And so the LA County Deputy Sheriff 2015 Christmas Club contributions begin.

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