Philly police investigate missing M-16 rifle from police storage
Commissioner Charles Ramsey has called in federal authorities to investigate what he calls a "very serious" situation
BY Stephanie Farr
The Philadelphia Daily News
PHILADELPHIA — An automatic M-16 rifle is missing from one of the Philadelphia Police Department's main gun-storage units and Commissioner Charles Ramsey has called in federal authorities to investigate.
"Obviously, this is very, very serious," Ramsey said. "And believe me, we will get to the bottom of it, one way or another, I guarantee that."
Ramsey said a regularly scheduled audit last week of 1,356 Colt M-16 rifles stored in a vault at the Philadelphia Police Academy revealed that one of the weapons was missing. In the previous audit in December, every firearm was accounted for, he said.