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CPD: Loaded handgun found outside St. Pats

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A custodian at St. Patrick Catholic Church found a loaded handgun on church property on Saturday, Chesterton Police said.

According to police, at 1:16 p.m. the custodian was working outside when he “noticed something shiny in the grass between the rectory and the school.” The object proved to be a Smith & Wesson Model 37 Airweight .38 caliber revolver.

The custodian, in an attempt to secure the revolver, thumbed what he took to be the handgun’s manual safety. “To his surprise, he accidentally fired a round into the ground,” police said. “That is when he realized the tab on the left side of the frame was the cylinder release, not a manual safety.”

The revolver was loaded with four intact cartridges and the empty one which had just been discharged, police said. The type of cartridge--bearing the Starline Brass logo--led the investigating officer to speculate that the ammunition had possibly been handloaded.

“An inquiry on the make, caliber, and serial number returned no ‘hits,’” police said. “It is possible that the handgun was recently stolen and has not yet been reported.”

The revolver was placed into evidence at the CPD station.




Posted 1/5/2017




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