Carbondale releases report on police chief's stolen gun - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Carbondale releases report on police chief's stolen gun

Chief Jody O'Guinn from a previous interview with Heartland News. Chief Jody O'Guinn from a previous interview with Heartland News.
Police reports show O'Guinn reported his personal handgun, much like this one, stolen June 20. Police reports show O'Guinn reported his personal handgun, much like this one, stolen June 20.
CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

Carbondale city leaders conclude their internal investigation into the mishandling of a report surrounding the police chief's stolen gun.

Carbondale city manager Allen Gill says their investigation shows this was all just a data entry error.

Gill says police chief Jody O'Guinn reported his gun stolen from his private car back in June but the report was mistakenly filed under a case number assigned to an animal complaint.

In September that gun was allegedly used in a deadly shooting.

Gill says at that point questions surfaced wondering how the gun theft information got mixed up with an animal complaint report.

Gill says that led to speculation the two reports were intentionally mixed up as a way to cover up the stolen gun report.

He says after looking at the documents, interviews with the people involved and a review of the procedures the confusion over the animal control complaint is the result of a simple data entry error.

Gill adds there is no evidence of an intentional effort to cover up the theft.

We want to point out that an outside investigation by the sheriff's department and state's attorney's office is also taking place.

There is no word on when that report will come out.

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