SLO Police Chief Firearm Located After Leaving it in Bathroom

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Update by Derek Johnson, City Manager of San Luis Obispo

On Thursday, July 11 at approximately 7:00 p.m., the San Luis Obispo Police Department received a call from the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office telling them they had located the Police Chief’s stolen firearm. 
 
This evening, a man called the Sheriff’s Office and said his brother-in-law was in possession of the firearm and that he would bring him to the Sheriff’s Coastal Division in Los Osos to return the gun. Sheriff’s officials verified the gun Mangan had was the stolen firearm.
 
Investigators from the San Luis Obispo Police Department then went to Los Osos to recover the firearm and interview the suspect who was identified as Skeeter Carlos Mangan, 30.
 
During the interview, Mangan admitted to finding the firearm in the restroom at El Pollo Loco, putting it in his pocket, and returning home to Los Osos.
 
We want to thank the community for their support and help in locating the firearm by sharing information on social and online media. Broad community awareness helped law enforcement quickly identify Mangan.
 
Inquiries regarding the stolen firearm should be directed to the San Luis Obispo Police Department's Captain Chris Staley at (805) 781-7142.

Source: Derek Johnson, City Manager of San Luis Obispo

Earlier [Wednesday], just after noon, Police Chief Deanna Cantrell was eating lunch at the El Pollo Loco on Los Osos Valley Road. She went to the restroom and inadvertently left her personal firearm in the stall. Within minutes, she realized her mistake and went to the restroom to retrieve it, but it was no longer there.

Chief Cantrell obtained video footage from the business and observed a man entering the same restroom minutes after she left. He is described as balding, wearing a black jacket, lime green and blue striped shorts and sunglasses (photo attached). He remained in the restroom for approximately two minutes and then left through the same entrance where he had entered, near the Dicks Sporting Goods parking lot.

After the man left the restroom, a boy approximately 10 years old entered and left, followed by an adult man. Both were still in the restaurant and questioned. Neither reported seeing a firearm.

The San Luis Obispo Police Department is continuing its investigation and asks anyone with information about this incident to call (805) 781-7312.

I want to assure our community that protecting the public’s safety is our number one priority. I have personally spoken with Chief Cantrell, who apologized for this mistake and has voluntarily agreed to attend training on firearms safety practices. She has also vowed to use this incident as a training opportunity for all officers in the department. Having carried a firearm safely for 25 years, she is committed to serving as an example of the level of vigilance that must be maintained at all times, regardless of experience or rank.


Source: SLO Police Chief Deanna Cantrell

I talk about transparency, and therefore want to be as transparent as possible when we do things right as well as when we do not.  I believe in our relationships being built on trust, and hope that this furthers that goal.  I inadvertently left my firearm in a public restroom and it has not been recovered.  I have no excuses for my actions, and understand they were irresponsible and careless.  Thank you for sharing and watching.  Please see the link to the video below.

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biguglystick Jul 14, 2019 09:27 AM
SLO Police Chief Firearm Located After Leaving it in Bathroom

JQB, taking property is one thing, picking up a loaded GUN in a public restroom so no one gets hurt is an entirely different thing. Just think if some kid or some thug had found that gun instead... could be some very different headlines indeed. That police chief needs to be FIRED. What would YOU do if you found a loaded gun in a public restroom? Leave it there? I doubt it.

a-1563382445 Jul 12, 2019 09:17 AM
SLO Police Chief Firearm Located After Leaving it in Bathroom

"The San Luis Obispo Police Department has announced Thursday night that their Police Chief Deanna Cantrell's stolen firearm has been found." STOLEN? The guy didn't steal squat! She left her gun in a bathroom and he found it and didn't turn it in. Again.... shifting the blame! This is pathetic.

a-1563382445 Jul 12, 2019 09:14 AM
SLO Police Chief Firearm Located After Leaving it in Bathroom

Yes, and once again, they put the blame on the guy who found a gun in a bathroom... https://www.keyt.com/news/san-luis-obispo-county/breaking-san-luis-obispo-police-chief-s-gun-found-suspect-identified/1094441152 ----- It's really sad how they are still treating this as if the guy "stole" the gun from the chief. She left a loaded handgun in a public bathroom. HER fault, not his.

a-1563382445 Jul 11, 2019 09:54 PM
SLO Police Chief Firearm Located After Leaving it in Bathroom

Astoundingly bad action on her part. It's one thing to leave behind your cell phone or leave your ring on the bathroom sink. It's a whole 'nother deed to leave behind a loaded firearm------and as an officer of the law, no less. Everyone has their problems and their distractions in life, but in a position of law enforcement and authority, this is an outstandingly shameful mistake. I hope this officer gets not only a severe reprimand but also some hours of solid counseling. She needs to understand why she was so "forgetful" and how to avoid such dangerous to the public blunders (being kind here) in the future.

Shasta Guy Jul 11, 2019 03:08 PM
SLO Police Chief Firearm Located After Leaving it in Bathroom

When a captain of a Navy ship runs aground he/she/it loses their commission to be captain of a ship. The only vessel they get to command is a desk in an office. Maybe she doesn’t get fired but perhaps she loses her commission as chief of police.

a-1563382445 Jul 11, 2019 12:41 PM
SLO Police Chief Firearm Located After Leaving it in Bathroom

I've made some mistakes, yeah. I've lost my keys, wallet, watch, etc (and then found them). However, I'm not a Chief of Police and I've never left my loaded firearm in a public bathroom. So, it's a little different scale there, ol' Pitmix!

a-1563382445 Jul 11, 2019 11:28 AM
SLO Police Chief Firearm Located After Leaving it in Bathroom

This happened in my neighborhood with SBSO. The ten year old neighbor found on the side of the road and it and THANK GOD he was smart enough to tell an adult. Cherry on top? The officer, when called, asked THEM to bring it in (wtf), and didn't even thank the parents when they did!!!

a-1563382445 Jul 11, 2019 02:26 PM
SLO Police Chief Firearm Located After Leaving it in Bathroom

To the downvoters - you really think it's OK for a cop to ask someone to bring the gun they left on a sidewalk down to the station for them? Really? What if they handled it carelessly? What if the 10 year old started playing with it? Why do you just blindly support such laziness and neglect?

a-1563382445 Jul 11, 2019 09:20 AM
SLO Police Chief Firearm Located After Leaving it in Bathroom

Wow, she should be fired. And now trying to make a big deal about the possible "suspect" as a deflection from the real crime - a cop leaving her gun in the bathroom! It's sad how they bury the story here and focus on the guy who may or may not have taken a free gun he found in the bathroom.

horsegirl Jul 11, 2019 10:43 AM
SLO Police Chief Firearm Located After Leaving it in Bathroom

lol, yeah i'm not sure what i think the best decision there is. maybe i would call the police while staying in the bathroom? or have someone go get the manager to stay with it while calling the police? i wouldn't want my fingerprints on it in case it was involved in a crime at all and abandoned

horsegirl Jul 11, 2019 10:05 AM
SLO Police Chief Firearm Located After Leaving it in Bathroom

OOPS - yes, it is. california law states that finders of lost property must make *reasonable* efforts to find the owner of the property. Reasonable is be open to interpretation based on the item itself, location or circumstances where it is found, and/or value of the item. i would be willing to go out on a limb and say just taking a gun you find in a bathroom and disappearing is not considered making reasonable efforts to find the owner

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