The police chief of Oak Harbor has been disciplined for losing his gun in a grocery store. Chief Ed Green reported his Glock .40 caliber firearm missing March 4, according to a City of Oak Harbor press release issued this week.
As a result of the press release and news reports an Oak Harbor resident contacted the police stating that they had possession of the weapon and then returned it. The resident has been interviewed and is assisting the police in an investigation on how the weapon was obtained.
Green said that he recalled having the firearm while using the bathroom at 7:27 p.m. inside SAAR’s Market on State Route 20. He said he may have left it on a towel container at that location. He noticed the firearm missing at 8 p.m. when he got home.
He immediately contacted the market manager to conduct a search, but was unable to locate the weapon, according to the release. He informed the mayor, city administrator and officers on duty that he needed to file a police report over the loss and have the weapon information placed into the appropriate Federal and State
Oak Harbor Police Department policy requires that an officer make every effort to secure a weapon and not lose physical control of it. Green received a written reprimand and the investigation is ongoing.