An off-duty police officer who was also at the bar went to the bathroom and left his Glock handgun in a bathroom stall. By the time the officer realized his gun was missing, it was gone from the bathroom.Did anyone notice what's missing? Everyone is charged with a crime except the bumbling cop who started the whole chain of events in motion.And he didn't report his gun stolen until AFTER the shooting. That should be another charge.
Police said Steven Michael Bradford, 25, of Bessemer, found that gun and quickly sold it to a friend, Matthew Lee Dodd, 26, also of Bessemer, for $225. Not long after, Dodd and the man who died stopped at a gas station. The gun was tucked between two front seats.
Authorities said Dodd entered the convenience store, heard a popping sound and came outside to find his friend dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Hoover police have charged Bradford with second-degree theft of lost property. Dodd has been charged with second-degree buying and receiving stolen property. Phone listings for the two men could not be found. It was unclear Saturday whether they had an attorney.
Gun owners, both civilian and law enforcement, are the source of all guns used in crime. They should be held responsible every time a gun flows over to the dark side.
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