Witnesses said they saw a man pick up the Sig Sauer handgun after the officer dropped it. (Vancouver Police Department)
Vancouver police have launched an intensive search for a police firearm after an officer lost the handgun in the city’s Downtown Eastside.
A Sig Sauer P226 pistol with the serial number U778210 was lost during a foot chase Wednesday afternoon near Oppenheimer Park, Const. Jana McGuinness said Thursday.
McGuinness said a man was seen by a witness picking up the firearm, but he has yet to come forward to police.
Anyone who finds the pistol should assume it is loaded and take every precaution to avoid touching it and immediately call 911, McGuinness said.
The firearm was lost in an incident that began around 3 p.m. PT Wednesday after two plainclothes officers saw a drug deal in the north lane of the 300 block of Cordova Street.
McGuinness said the gun was lost during a chase that followed and ended with the arrest of the suspect.
A police officer lost his gun during a chase through Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Wednesday afternoon, sparking a widespread search in the troubled area.
A Sig Sauer P226 pistol was lost during a foot chase near Oppenheimer Park.
According to a witness, a man picked up the firearm but has yet to come forward to police.
Around 3 p.m. that day, two plainclothes police officers saw a drug deal in progress in the north lane of the 300-block Cordova Street.
As an officer approached the suspect, he fled across the park. The officer then gave chase along the 200 block of Dunlevy Street and into the 300 block of Jackson Avenue.
The suspect was taken into custody after he was found hiding in bushes. The arresting officer soon realized his gun had fallen out of its holster during the chase.
Police have now exhausted all avenues of investigation and are asking the public’s help.
If someone finds the gun, they should assume it is loaded and phone 911 immediately.