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Former police officer faces several charges

Brandon police arrested a 60-year-old former RM of Whitehead police officer and charged him with several firearm offences relating to a January incident.

Doug Gormley has been charged with careless storage of a firearm, careless storage of ammunition, not reporting loss of firearm within reasonable despatch, false statement regarding a firearm and public mischief.

The charges stem from an incident where Gormley’s personal revolver was stolen after a police truck that was stolen sometime overnight between Jan. 11 and 12.

Gormley previously told the Brandon Sun, he had a .22-calibre revolver locked up in a case that was inside a police truck.

He was a member of the Whitehead police when the incident occurred.

The revolver, Gormley said, was his personal gun and not an official police firearm, albeit one that he said he used for occasional police-related duties that called for lesser amounts of firepower, like putting down injured animals that had been hit on the highways.

The stolen truck was quickly found abandoned, but the gun was only recovered several weeks later, after it was used in a bizarre accidental shooting that sent a woman to hospital with a bullet lodged in her buttocks. The gun had apparently discharged accidentally and fired through a wall before hitting the woman.

That incident resulted in another man getting jail time.

Whitehead Coun. Greg Rabe said Gormley retired from the local police service earlier this year.

Gormley will appear in court on Oct. 2.

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