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Fresno College Cop’s Missing Gun Recovered by HEAT Task Force



A State Center police sergeant's missing gun has been recovered. (GV Wire Composite/Paul Marshall)
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A State Center Community College District police officer’s handgun lost during a foot chase Aug. 16 on the Fresno City College campus has been recovered, bullets and all, the district reported Tuesday evening.

The gun was stolen after it fell off the belt of a police sergeant who took a hard fall while chasing a stolen vehicle suspect near the college’s parking structure. After apprehending the juvenile suspect, the sergeant discovered his weapon was missing.

Video evidence and witness statements helped identify two suspects who had been seen acting suspiciously near the location where the sergeant had fallen, the district said in a news release.

Information from informants and an investigation by a Fresno County Sheriff’s detective assigned to the Fresno Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) Task Force led the detective to the gun’s buyer, who surrendered it after learning of his potential criminal liability.

The gun was returned to the State Center police station and appeared to be intact, with no missing parts or ammunition, the district said.

Nancy Price is a multimedia journalist for GV Wire. A longtime reporter and editor who has worked for newspapers in California, Florida, Alaska, Illinois and Kansas, Nancy joined GV Wire in July 2019. She previously worked as an assistant metro editor for 13 years at The Fresno Bee. Nancy earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Her hobbies include singing with the Fresno Master Chorale and volunteering with Fresno Filmworks. You can reach Nancy at 559-492-4087 or Send an Email

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