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Pentagon Gun Was From Memphis Police

Pentagon Gun Was From Memphis Police

From left to right, Pentagon Police Officers Marvin Carraway, Colin Richards, and Jeffrey Amos, stand together outside the Pentagon in Washington, on Monday, March 8, 2010. The officers returned fire at suspected Pentagon metro shooter John Patrick Bedel

Associated Press

March 14, 2010

WASHINGTON — Two guns used in shootings this year at the Pentagon and a Las Vegas courthouse both came from the same unlikely place: the police and court system of Memphis, Tenn.

Law enforcement officials from multiple agencies tell The Associated Press the guns were once seized as evidence in criminal investigations in Memphis and made their way separately to the shooters.

The handgun in the Pentagon attack on March 4 was sold by the Memphis police department in December 2008. The shotgun used in the Jan. 4 courthouse shooting was sold years ago and the proceeds given to the Memphis-area sheriff’s office.

The law enforcement officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they’re not allowed to discuss details of the investigations.

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