The Long Beach, Ca., Police Department is missing more than a fourth of its shotguns and an unknown number of revolvers, reports the Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles County’s second-largest police department was trying to determine whether the guns were lost, stolen, or somehow misplaced within the agency. Investigators have uncovered no evidence that the firearms found their way into the wrong hands or were used in crimes.
Patrol officers complained several months ago to Police Chief Anthony Batts at a staff meeting that they were having trouble finding department-issued shotguns. An internal review concluded that 85 of the 272 department’s shotguns could not be located. Spokeswoman Karen Owens said that since the report was issued, 15 shotguns have been found. The department also discovered it is missing .38-caliber service revolvers that officers have turned in over the years to the agency’s shooting range as they opted for more powerful handguns. The much larger Los Angeles Police Department checks its shotguns and other equipment at all 19 stations and the Police Academy every shift of every day. In Long Beach, a shotgun is supposed to be placed in each patrol car, but some officers could not find the weapons.