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Gun taken from LAPD officer recovered by Fresno police

A Smith & Wesson revolver used as a backup gun by an LAPD officer was recovered in Fresno.
A Smith & Wesson revolver used as a backup gun by an LAPD officer was recovered in Fresno. Fresno Police Department

A gun taken in a Las Vegas home invasion, in which a retired Los Angeles Police officer was the victim, was recovered after three men selling drugs in southeast Fresno were arrested, police say.

Sgt. Paul Cervantes said officers arrested the three Friday after they were tipped that drugs were being sold out of a car at Chestnut and Butler avenues. When officers arrived at a liquor store parking lot there, they detected the odor of marijuana and discovered marijuana, drug sales paraphernalia and the firearm during a search of the suspects’ vehicle. The three were booked on drug sales and weapons charges.

Cervantes said the LAPD officer carried the Smith & Wesson revolver for years as a backup weapon before he gave it to his father, also a former LAPD officer, after he retired.

“It was very special to him and his father,” Cervantes said. “He was ecstatic that we found the gun and is hopeful we can get the gun back to his father. We are working on getting [it] back as soon as possible.

Jim Guy: 559-441-6339,

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