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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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