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Beanbag Shotgun Disappears From Trunk of Compton Deputy’s Patrol Vehicle

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A photo of the missing weapon was provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff’s officials were asking for the public’s help Tuesday in locating a beanbag shotgun that disappeared from the trunk of a deputy’s patrol car in Compton last week.

The gun went missing from the vehicle sometime late Friday night or early Saturday morning, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

A deputy at the Compton station placed the weapon in the trunk of his patrol vehicle at the start of his shift at 9 p.m. on Friday, the release stated.

At the end of his shift at 7 a.m. on Saturday, the deputy discovered the shotgun was gone, authorities stated. Nothing else was missing.

The shotgun was loaded with four less than lethal bean bag ammunition shells, but the weapon could be used as a regular shotgun if loaded with live shotgun shell ammunition, according to the release.

The missing shotgun has a chrome-colored barrel with a bright yellow stock.  The weapon was stamped “Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department” and was in a black canvas carrying bag.

In January, construction workers found a beanbag shotgun that had also disappeared from the trunk of a sheriff’s patrol car.

Workers spotted a black canvas bag on the side of the 405 Freeway near the Skirball Center Drive off-ramp and stopped to inspect it.

In that case, the gun was believed to have fallen out of an unlatched trunk of a patrol car from the Lost Hills station.

Anyone with information was asked to contact investigators at the Compton Sheriff’s Station at 310-605-6500.  Or if you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website