DNR officer forgets gun at gas station

PORTLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — An on-duty Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officer accidentally left his handgun behind at a gas station bathroom last week.

The conservation officer, who according to DNR spokesman Ed Golder was on a special, non-uniformed assignment that day, stopped at a gas station in Portland to use the restroom. He accidentally left his sidearm behind when he continued on his way.

When he realized he had forgotten his weapon, he immediately called the gas station, Golder said, and asked them to them secure it.

“The gas station had already taken the proper precautions and secured the gun in a safe,” Golder wrote in a Monday email to 24 Hour News 8.

The conservation officer also notified his supervisor, Golder said.

“The incident is a reminder that even highly trained professionals can make mistakes. With more and more people carrying firearms, we want to remind the public that anyone who comes across an unattended firearm should either call 911 or notify someone in a position of authority at the location to properly secure the weapon,” Golder wrote.

The DNR is investigating, Golder said.

“When the investigation is complete and all the facts are known, appropriate action will be taken,” he wrote.

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