Man purchased, returned missing service weapon; investigation continues
18-year-old Adrian Pride was booked into the Pima County Jail for one count of shoplifting and one count of theft. Image by Tucson Police Department
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Police detectives responded to the residence of a man who reported he was in possession of the missing service weapon.
Tucson Police recovered the missing service weapon dropped by an officer during a pursuit on March 3.
Sgt. Chris Widmer with Tucson Police tells KGUN9, an officer was flagged down at the Safeway located at 1551 West Saint Mary's Road regarding a purse snatching incident.
A description of the suspect was broadcasted to responding officers. One of those officers located a suspect matching the description near the intersection of Saint Mary's Road and Westmoreland Avenue, said Widmer.
The suspect immediately fled on foot as the officer attempted to make contact. Officers chased the suspect through residential yards and climbing over several walls before taking him into custody in the 500 block of North Shawnee Avenue, said Widmer.
Adrian Pride, 18, was booked into the Pima County Jail for one count of shoplifting and one count of theft.
Following the foot chase, an officer noticed his service weapon had been dislodged from his holster and was now missing, said Widmer.
Officers began retracing the path of the foot chase, but the weapon was not located. An extensive search was initiated which lasted throughout the day, said Widmer. The efforts to locate the weapon were exhausted and it was not located.
On March 5, the service weapon was recovered.
Officers made contact with the male and recovered the weapon on March 18. He reported to detectives that he had purchased the gun earlier in the day from another individual, said Widmer.
The investigation is still ongoing and detectives are asking anyone with information to contact 911 or 88-CRIME.