Fargo police officer leaves gun in restroom

Published 3:34 pm Monday, December 20, 2010

FARGO, N.D.  — Authorities say a Fargo police officer left her department-issued gun in the restroom of a sporting goods store on Friday.

Police told The Forum newspaper that Jessica Homan, a nine-year police veteran, left the handgun in the bathroom of Scheels in neighboring Moorhead, Minn.

Lt. Tory Jacobson says store officials contacted Moorhead police when the gun was found. He says Homan, who was not on duty, had already realized she had misplaced the weapon, and Moorhead police returned it to her on Friday.

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Police say they are investigating the incident to see if any disciplinary action is warranted.

Jacobson says officers are encouraged to carry their weapons when they are off duty.