The San Luis Obispo Police Department Chief misplaced her service weapon. She left the handgun in a bathroom at the El Pollo Loco . When she back tracked she discovered that the gun was gone.
According to KTLA5 San Luis Obispo Chief Deanna Cantrell revealed her mistake in a video on the department’s Facebook page, saying her actions were “irresponsible and dangerous” and that she’s glad a child didn’t find the weapon.
Cantrell said she was having lunch in a restaurant on Wednesday when she went into the restroom.
“Even though my gun was in a holster it didn’t stay clipped to my pants so I removed it and I placed it next to me,” she said.
She immediately checked video footage and saw that three people entered the restroom after her.
“The first man, whose photo was released on Facebook, went into the restroom after me and then immediately left the restaurant without ordering any food,” she said.
The other two people were still in the restaurant and said the firearm was not in the restroom when they went in, she said.
The photo of the possible suspect shows the man wearing a shirt, shorts and sunglasses apparently entering the El Pollo Loco restaurant.
“I was complacent and that’s something you can never be with a firearm,” she said. “I expect more from myself as a person and especially as a police officer that has carried a firearm for 25 years.”