A recent inventory check shows that 34 handguns were not accounted for at the CPD
COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) – Nearly three dozen Columbus Police Department firearms are missing and there is now an investigation to determine where they went.
City leaders try to figure out what happened to the handguns during a recent inventory check.
The agency has seen firearms taken from homes and car break-ins where officers have been victims.
Although little information is released, a burglary does not seem to be the case here… where more than 30 cannons are moved.
A recent inventory check at the Columbus Police Department shows that 34 handguns are missing within the agency.
Columbus Mayor Keith Gaskin said this has been one of the issues and concerns he’s had about DPC for some time.
“That’s one of the reasons I’ve had concerns about the police department for some time now. This to me is just another example where we haven’t run the department at the level it should be and that’s something we need to get a grip on,” Columbus Mayor Keith Gaskin said.
It’s unclear if there was a paperwork issue involving the firearms if they were potentially taken, or how long the inventory goes back.
Gaskin and Acting Police Chief Doren Johnson spoke about the issue.
Johnson would only say it’s a matter of inventory and declined an on-camera interview.
Mayor Gaskin recounts this the moment an officer had his car broken into and feels there must be an answer soon.
“It goes back to conversations I had when the firearms were stolen from an officer’s vehicle. I was very concerned that the police department needed to make sure that we did whatever it took to make sure these guns were secure and that we were responsible for all the firearms we owned at the within the police department. And it seems from what I’m hearing that we haven’t been so yes, that’s a big concern for me,” Mayor Gaskin said.
WCBI has contacted City Council and is awaiting a response.
We will continue to monitor this situation and post information as it becomes available.