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RCMP officer investigated after gun found on ferry

Mar 31 2012

An RCMP officer has landed himself in hot water after his loaded service pistol was allegedly lost and found in a crowded B.C. Ferries cafeteria on the morning of March 21.

Delta police are investigating after a ferry worker found the gun - sitting unattended in a bag with an extra clip by its side - and called for help.

Delta Const. Ciaran Feenan on Friday confirmed the incident and said his detachment is looking at possible Criminal Code violations, which could include a charge of unsafe storage of a firearm.

"We were notified by B.C. Ferries that a gun had been discovered on the ferry once it arrived in Tsawwassen," Feenan said. "Our members went to the ferry and were able to secure the weapon at that point."

RCMP Supt. Lorne Schwartz said he believes the "somewhat seasoned" officer involved was on duty. "The officer himself, once he realized this predicament, he immediately reported the matter to his supervisor in support services - and also to Delta [police] in hopes of recovering the pistol," Schwartz said.

Schwartz said any internal discipline would have to wait until Delta police conclude their investigation.

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