Construction Workers Find Beanbag Shotgun That Went Missing From Sheriff’s Patrol Car

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department released this photo on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. The weapon is a look-alike of a beanbag shotgun that went missing that day.

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A beanbag shotgun that went missing from the trunk of a Los Angeles County sheriff’s patrol car has been found and turned in, authorities said Tuesday.

The shotgun was discovered about 7:45 a.m. Saturday by construction workers who were driving southbound on the 405 Freeway near the Skirball Center Drive off-ramp, according to a statement released by the Sheriff’s Department.

The workers saw a black canvas bag on the side of the road and, believing it contained tools, stopped to pick it up, the statement said. They later realized a shotgun was inside.

The weapon, which was loaded when it disappeared Saturday morning, can operate as a regular shotgun if loaded with live shells, the Sheriff’s Department said.

Two deputies from the Lost Hills station placed the gun in the patrol vehicle’s trunk at the Agoura Hills station about 7:30 a.m., an initial news release said. They then drove about 33 miles, to a location in Hollywood, where a passerby flagged them down and told them the trunk was ajar.

After the weapon was determined to be missing, an extensive multi-agency search was conducted, to no avail.

The shotgun, which appeared to be undamaged, was turned over by the construction workers to authorities Tuesday night, along with its case and four beanbag rounds, the Sheriff’s Department said.

An investigation is ongoing into how the gun was lost.

KTLA’s Ashley Soley-Cerro contributed to this report.

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