05/22/2009

Calif. officer carries a badge, but prefers the trumpet

By Sean Webby
San Jose Mercury News

SAN JOSE, Calif. — At the end of a long workweek, Robert Payne hides his San Jose Police Department-issued 9 mm Sig Sauer handgun high in the back of a closet.

From the back of a different closet, he takes down his custom-made silver Marcinkiewicz trumpet with Dallas Cowboy-blue abalone valve keys. He carries it cradled in a white towel, as though it's a dozing infant.

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