Investigators continued searching Sunday for a beanbag shotgun that went missing from a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department trunk the previous day after deputies drove an hour, from Agoura Hills to Hollywood.
The beanbag shotgun was capable of acting as a regular gun if loaded with live shells, officials said.
Two deputies from the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station placed the shotgun, which was loaded with four beanbag shells, in a black canvas carrying case and into the patrol car’s trunk at the Agoura Hills station, located at 27050 Agoura Rd. (map), around 7:30 a.m. Saturday, according to an LASD news release.
The deputies then drove eastbound on Agoura Road, turned northbound onto Las Virgenes Road and entered the 101 Freeway. They then transitioned onto the southbound 405 Freeway before exiting Skirball Center Drive and re-entering the 405 Freeway.
After transitioning back onto the southbound 101 Freeway the deputies exited the Sunset Boulevard off-ramp and were flagged down by a passerby around 8:30 a.m. who informed them that their trunk was open about 2 or 3 inches.
The drive from Agoura Hills to Hollywood is about a 33-mile journey, according to Google Maps.
After checking the trunk’s inventory, the deputies concluded the beanbag shotgun and carrying case were the only missing items.
Deputies from multiple stations along with an LASD helicopter crew conducted an extensive search of the deputies’ route, and California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles Police Department officials were notified, according to the news release.
The shotgun was capable of carrying live shotgun shells, and was described as having a chrome-colored barrel with a yellow stock.
The shotgun was also stamped with “Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department,” and a piece of white tape on the firearm stated “LHS 03.”
“The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is very concerned about finding this missing shotgun. The search is ongoing. The cause of the loss is under investigation, including to determine if the trunk latch was somehow blocked, if the trunk was not fully closed, or if the trunk latch somehow disengaged in transit,” the news release stated.
Anyone with information was asked to contact investigators at the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station at 818-878-1808.