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Springfield Officer Fired for Losing Gun in Hartford

Springfield PoliceSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – An off-duty Springfield Police Officer who reported to police in Connecticut that his weapon went missing in Hartford has been fired from his job.

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney confirmed for ABC40 tonight that, “Officer Kevin Merchant was fired by Commissioner Fitchet.”

A hearing was held last week on the matter according to Delaney and he added that Merchant was fired on Thursday.

The officer’s gun was reported missing around 6:30 in the morning on October 16. It is not known though whether the gun was stolen or misplaced.

Local detectives in Connecticut responded to the scene and collaborated with Hartford Police on the investigation.

Delaney told us Merchant never reported the gun missing to the Springfield Police Department.  The gun has not been found yet.


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  • crime

    people that fight to up the constitution love their guns..not cops…it is your right to protect yourself and your family..by law it is not a police officers job to protect you…it is their job to uphold the law…

  • medic3

    It’s what police officers are taught in the academy. Just as infantrymen are taught in boot camp. That weapon is your mother, your girlfriend, your best friend etc. because when that worst day comes that weapon may save your life. It’s the culture. Firing was way to harsh a punishment.

  • metalius

    Don’t forget that many folks believe that the police are the ONLY ones responsible enough to carry firearms.

    Firing this toolbag was just right. He should face every liability should that “lost” weapon be used in a crime.

  • thmsemrtn

    We’d love to hear the REAL story about what happened to the gun and the officer’s firing but you won’t get it from any local media outlets in this area.