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Stolen gun triggers arrest of former cop

BRANDON -- A former police officer was arrested Friday and faces several firearm offences related to an incident in January.

Doug Gormley, 60, has been charged with four firearm offences, including two careless storage offences, failing to report a firearm in a timely manner, and making a false statement regarding a gun, as well as public mischief.

Gormley was a member of the RMàof Whitehead Police Service at the time of the incident.

He retired from the service earlier this year, Whitehead Coun. Greg Rabe said Friday.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred sometime overnight between Jan. 11 and 12, when Gormley's police truck was stolen in Brandon.

Gormley previously told the Brandon Sun he had a .22-calibre revolver locked up in a case in the vehicle.

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

Gormley said although the gun was in a locked case, it didn't have a trigger lock on it, and ammunition for the gun was kept in a jar, which was also in the police truck when it was stolen.

The stolen truck was quickly found abandoned, but the gun and ammunition were missing. They were recovered approximately three weeks later, after being 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 led to charges against 29-year-old Justin Marshall Lockyer, who pleaded guilty to careless use of a restricted firearm.

Lockyer also pleaded guilty to possession of the stolen restricted gun, possession of a restricted firearm and ammunition without a licence, and breach of an undertaking for failing to abstain from alcohol and drugs.

At the time, Gormley was suspended from the police in Whitehead.

He retired from the service sometime after the gun was recovered and before charges were levelled against him by Brandon police on Friday.

Gormley is set to appear in provincial court on Oct. 2.

The Souris RCMP have taken over duties in the RM at the request of the province.

-- Brandon Sun

Comments are not accepted on this story because they might prejudice a case before the courts.

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