Lost gun of Tucson cop purchased; returned by buyer

2014-03-19T00:05:00Z 2014-03-19T08:36:39Z Lost gun of Tucson cop purchased; returned by buyerCarmen Duarte Arizona Daily Star

A gun lost by a Tucson police officer during a foot chase two weeks ago was returned by a man who said he bought it.

An officer lost the gun March 3 while chasing a man in connection with a theft and purse-snatching on the city's westside, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.

On March 5, the gun was recovered after a man "reported that he was in possession of the missing TPD service weapon," said Widmer in a press release.

The man told detectives that he bought the gun earlier that day from another person, Widmer said.

No further information was released by police regarding the case.

Detectives were continuing the investigation, and ask that anyone with information about the gun call 911 or 88-CRIME.

The .40-caliber Glock fell out of the officer's holster during the foot chase of a suspect near Saint Mary's and North Westmoreland Avenue.

The chase took officers through neighborhood yards, and officers climbed over several walls before capturing the man in the 500 block of North Shawnee Avenue, said Widmer. 

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