SLO Police Chief Firearm Located After Leaving it in Bathroom
Update by Derek Johnson, City Manager of San Luis Obispo
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.
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.