LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A shotgun that fell off of an LAPD officer’s motorcycle has been found and police have arrested the 43-year-old man they say stole the weapon.
At around 1 p.m. Thursday, the Remington 870 shotgun became disengaged from the motorcycle’s locking mechanism and fell onto the street near Bronson Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard, the LAPD reported.
Police claim a bystander, Takee Williams, picked up the gun. He was charged with stealing the weapon after it was recovered Friday afternoon.
Williams was being held on $35,000 bail.
Police did not provide details of the sequence of events between the malfunctioning of the locking mechanism and the disappearance of the tactical shotgun. It was unclear whether the shotgun was loaded.
During the search for the weapon, an officer who was severely bitten by a K-9 officer and had to be hospitalized, LAPD spokesman Lt. Andy Nieman told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO.
“One of our LAPD K-9 dogs who was trained to search for articles somehow bit the officer in the calf area, causing severe and traumatic injury to his leg,” Neiman said.
The officer’s partner made a tourniquet that officials say likely saved his life, he said.
It was not yet known what led to the bite. The dog was part of another officer’s unit.
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