Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Officer’s Gun Found at Austin Playground

There are certain items that are simply natural complements when put together – peanut butter and jelly, baseball and hot dogs, Bertolino LLP and superior legal services. One combination that doesn’t seem to work, no matter how hard you try to make it fit, is a loaded firearm and a playground. Unfortunately, however, a police officer’s lost weapon was found on a park slide in South Austin yesterday. Fortunately, no one was hurt. Parents are rightfully concerned, though, that a gun was left within easy reach of young children.

A group of mothers found the gun and one of them called 911. Police quickly determined that the weapon was registered to an officer named Daniel Eveleth. He claimed that the gun must have fallen from his holster while he was training a dog in the pre-dawn hours. The police department is investigating how the weapon was able to slip out of his holster and how Eveleth did not notice that his firearm was no longer in his possession.

It seems that Officer Eveleth meant no intentional harm and, according to reports, he is devastated by the incident. It is terrifying to imagine the consequences if a child had been the first one to find the loaded gun. As a mother who frequents the park said, “I know that having a two-year-old, they’d pick that up without a problem.” There is no doubt that these moms will want answers and some reassurance that this will not happen again.

While we certainly hope that you are never a victim of violence, there are attorneys at Bertolino LLP who can be of assistance if someone’s negligence has led to the injury or death of a loved one. If you have found yourself in this situation, please let us know how we can help.

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