08/06/2007

Fla. deputy receives two-day suspension after losing shotgun

Susannah Bryan
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
 
WESTON, Fla. — Broward Sheriff's Deputy Jeremy Reynolds has received a two-day unpaid suspension after his police-issued shotgun tumbled from the trunk of his cruiser onto Stirling Road without his noticing.

A Southwest Ranches woman driving behind Reynolds on Feb. 25 stopped to retrieve the shotgun, then called police when she couldn't track down Reynolds' car, a recently released Internal Affairs report says.

Reynolds, who also received a written reprimand, is not appealing the suspension, according to the agency. He has been with the Sheriff's Office since September 2001.

Reynolds, who was off-duty at the time, told supervisors he had locked the shotgun in the trunk to keep it out of sight while he was at the movies. After the show ended, Reynolds checked the trunk and was alarmed to see the weapon had vanished. He then called work to report the lost shotgun.

Reynolds violated agency policy stipulating that shotguns should not be stored in a vehicle trunk overnight or when not in use, Sgt. Anthony Guaglione wrote in his report of the internal investigation.

The deputy was also cited for violating agency policy that forbids deputies from carrying non-approved ammunition.

Reynolds told Guaglione he had been target practicing in the Everglades and forgot to remove the five non-authorized shotgun slugs from the holder.

The day after his gun went missing, Reynolds brought his cruiser in for servicing to have the trunk inspected. A technician replaced the trunk lock after determining it was worn from use.

Copyright 2007 South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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