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Police stop woman’s drunken gun-toting walk

A shrewd police officer stopped a woman who was drunkenly walking down College Avenue early Saturday morning with a gun.

Police stopped the woman, at 2:15 a.m. in the 900 block of College Avenue in Brandon, to confirm she was carrying a gun. Clearly intoxicated, the gun-toting woman claimed she didn’t want the shotgun in her house and was planning to leave it at a park.

The 58-year-old Brandon woman was arrested for unauthorized possession of a firearm.

Brandon Police Service Sgt. Kevin McLean commended his "very astute" colleague for noticing the woman was carrying a gun, and reacting the way she did.

He said the gun was not loaded, which police would not have known at the time.

"She never pointed the gun, she was holding the gun in a way that wasn’t menacing," McLean said, referring to the arrested woman, which police approached carefully. "Only in the fact that there was a gun involved was it dangerous."

The gun, now in police’s possession, was identified as a Remington 870 Wingmaster shotgun.

» The Brandon Sun

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