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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a-1563516731 Jul 17, 2019 05:27 PM
SLO Police Chief Firearm Located After Leaving it in Bathroom

Yeah. That might work------unless you're caught on video and that video is broadcast on the internet. Bottom line is: no law enforcement officer should be so neglectful as to leave behind a dangerous weapon anywhere for just anyone to find. I'm glad this was resolved with no one getting hurt. The man who found the weapon will never be charged, guaranteed.

a-1563516731 Jul 17, 2019 04:08 PM
SLO Police Chief Firearm Located After Leaving it in Bathroom

" Police say her firearm was then stolen by 30-year-old Los Osos man.......Police say the man who took the gun will not face criminal charges." ----- OK, which is it? Are they saying he "stole" the gun, but he won't be charged? If he didn't "steal" it, then this could be defamatory. At the very least, they owe this guy an apology for dragging his name through the mud by saying he "stole" the gun that was left, loaded, in a public bathroom...... by the CHIEF of Police!

a-1563516731 Jul 17, 2019 04:03 PM
SLO Police Chief Firearm Located After Leaving it in Bathroom

Guess I should have Googled this first --- https://www.keyt.com/news/san-luis-obispo-county/slo-city-manager-hands-down-discipline-for-police-chief-who-left-gun-unattended/1096507720----- A $1500 dock in pay (equal to days unpaid leave) and firearms safety.... BS!

Potif Jul 15, 2019 12:15 AM
SLO Police Chief Firearm Located After Leaving it in Bathroom

If he took the gun out of the restroom, it probably would have been smarter to take it straight to a police, sheriff’s, or even CHP office, and tell them where it was found. It sort of sounds as though the family involved only turned it in after learning of its loss. I wouldn’t have waited to find out it was a law enforcement officer’s gun to turn it in to any one of them. They would be able to determine who the owner was after receiving the gun. And/or if it had been stolen, used in a crime, etc. I do hope that the ‘finder’ doesn’t get in any trouble. After all, even though it wasn’t handled in probably the best way, at least the gun didn’t end up in a child’s hands... or harm anyone.

a-1563516731 Jul 14, 2019 10:40 PM
SLO Police Chief Firearm Located After Leaving it in Bathroom

That is crazy that they now might charge this kid. Now, if it were me and I saw a gun in a bathroom I would not have touched or removed it let alone take it home. I would have called for an employee and let them know, let them handle it and call the cops (I may have also at the same time called the cops). So probaby what is happening is, they see that as the normal response (calling an employee and the cops and not taking the gun home, which is in fact theft - just like the guy who took the cash that time in the restaurant). You know it's not your property so removing it and taking it home is technically theft. Lesson learned.

a-1563516731 Jul 16, 2019 01:20 PM
SLO Police Chief Firearm Located After Leaving it in Bathroom

Toxic Anna: you are being beyond ridiculous. The young man has mental issues! Again Mental issues. He probably thought he was doing the right thing. People with Mental issues think much differently than those without. Berating people is just mean. Also means you have anger issues. By the nasty posts you insist on continuing means you need mental help too. Ask yourself, who am I to Judge anyone involved? That's right, nobody. You have no clue to what the young man was thinking yet you act like you were there beside him. Stop posting and get your own Windows of your Glass House cleaned up instead!

TaxiOnna Jul 16, 2019 12:02 PM
SLO Police Chief Firearm Located After Leaving it in Bathroom

Why didn't he leave information for the owner who would undoubtedly have come back to retrieve it with the shop owner? Why didn't he turn it over to the police and explain where he found it? Sounds like a convenient excuse made up after the fact for a dumb mistake that he should be held accountable to (just as the person who left the gun in the first place should face some sort of consequences).

a-1563516731 Jul 16, 2019 11:58 AM
SLO Police Chief Firearm Located After Leaving it in Bathroom

TAXIONNA - It was left in a bathroom, not stolen from someone's possession. More importantly though, he took it in order to find out the rightful owner, and not just leave a loaded gun in a public bathroom. A loaded handgun in a restaurant is an extreme safety issue, it's not the same as a cell phone or unlocked car. You don't just leave a freakin' gun in a bathroom without saying something, or doing something..... like this young man did. And by the way, according to his mother, he has some "mental issues," so his decision may not have been the same as your decision, but it wasn't "theft" in any way.

TaxiOnna Jul 16, 2019 11:41 AM
SLO Police Chief Firearm Located After Leaving it in Bathroom

If it was an expensive cell phone or an unlocked car, would your opinion be different? He stole a FIREARM. Doesn't matter that it was unattended and that it was not immediately obvious whose it was. It wasn't his, and taking something that's not yours is stealing. And he's not a kid, he's a 30-year-old man who should know better.

biguglystick Jul 14, 2019 09:32 AM
SLO Police Chief Firearm Located After Leaving it in Bathroom

JB86 for the best comment on this thread! "Maybe it is time to ask why police administrators need to carry guns 24/7? For that matter, off-duty cops? In much of the world, cops check their guns in at end of shift. Why should these folks have special rights that citizens do not? My point is that this police chief had no real need to be armed off-duty or in civilian garb, any more than any other citizen." AMEN! AMEN! AMEN! Cops are NOT above the law. This story is insane! The what ifs and could haves are terrifying. Guns. Pfffft! Off-duty cops don't need them any more than citizens do. Too many guns.

JB86 Jul 14, 2019 12:52 AM
SLO Police Chief Firearm Located After Leaving it in Bathroom

Maybe it is time to ask why police administrators need to carry guns 24/7? For that matter, off-duty cops? In much of the world, cops check their guns in at end of shift. Why should these folks have special rights that citizens do not? My point is that this police chief had no real need to be armed off-duty or in civilian garb, any more than any other citizen.

a-1563516731 Jul 13, 2019 01:01 PM
SLO Police Chief Firearm Located After Leaving it in Bathroom

Stolen, my ass! more like returned the firearm to SLO PD's lost and found. Great police chief up there. I think someone needs a promotion and she should be demoted. How can can you reward this and then they report it as stollen. What did they want the guy to do bring it to the front counter at pollo loco? everone would have had a hard attack !

TaxiOnna Jul 16, 2019 11:59 AM
SLO Police Chief Firearm Located After Leaving it in Bathroom

"He did not wish for a gun. And did nothing to get a gun." He did nothing... except to find an unattended firearm that DID NOT BELONG TO HIM and take it home with him with no express motivation to return it... Your son is an adult (not a "young man") and he should know better. I'm sure this is embarrassing for your family, but instead of trying to deflect blame you should just apologize and move on. Asking us all to be grateful and thank him is an absolutely ridiculous level of delusion.

Angel65 Jul 14, 2019 09:14 PM
SLO Police Chief Firearm Located After Leaving it in Bathroom

I am in agreement with you. The young man that found the gun is my son. They have said stolen gun to the point it makes me sick. He did not take it from her so I don't know wtf they are talking about when saying "the stolen gun." He did not wish for a gun. And did nothing to get a gun. It is her fault for leaving it in the public bathroom. And they say now they may charge him for something. He was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. I would have done the same thing by removing the gun so that a child can't play with it. My son has some mental issues and is not on facebook or does he have a phone. So he didn't know whose gun it was and to whom to return it to. He did return it though. They should be thanking him, not slandering him.

Concerned4Calif Jul 13, 2019 08:53 AM
SLO Police Chief Firearm Located After Leaving it in Bathroom

If this guy Magdan had not picked up this gun and walked out we would have never learned about this terrible and negligent mistake. He did us a favor. Should he have turned it in? - yes - but to who? If he had taken it to the SLO Police this story would have been covered up. The police chief makes a "irresponsible and careless" mistake now everyone has to sit through training on hanging on to your gun. Typical government bureaucratic response. Lastly, Mangan was turned in by his brother in law. I can't wait for Thanksgiving dinner .

Angel65 Jul 14, 2019 09:18 PM
SLO Police Chief Firearm Located After Leaving it in Bathroom

He was not turned in by the brother in law. He got a ride to return it by brother in law. He did not want to keep the gun at all. He did return it to them once he learned who to return it to. That's all he was trying to do, find the owner so he could get their gun back to them. NOT TURNED IN BY BROTHER IN LAW. I am his mom so I would know.

Angel65 Jul 14, 2019 09:26 PM
SLO Police Chief Firearm Located After Leaving it in Bathroom

Lost. Not stolen. Anyhow she got her gun back and now they are maybe charging my son with whatever they can call this. I am so mad. She is the one to blame here, not my son Skeeter. He did not wake up in the am that day and think, wow I am going to steal a gun from the Chief of Police today. No, he just came upon the gun that was so carelessly left in the bathroom. I would have done the same as him... Remove it so that a child doesn't find it and maybe kill themself. He had every intention of returning it to the owner once he found out who it belonged to. Not like he could have carried it to the counter. That would have made everyone in there kinda freak out.

Angel65 Jul 14, 2019 09:31 PM
SLO Police Chief Firearm Located After Leaving it in Bathroom

Thank you for saying that. I am his mom, and I am glad he took it out of the restroom too. That next boy using the restroom next could have really hurt himself or even killed himself. Then what, would they want to charge my son for seeing it and not removing it out of the restroom. All the while it is really her fault it was in there. Very very sad world.

yacht rocked Jul 12, 2019 03:02 PM
SLO Police Chief Firearm Located After Leaving it in Bathroom

Before taking more potshots, add ten pounds to your belt and then try using a public toilet, making sure nothing touches the wet floor. Give the woman a break - she'll never make that mistake again.

Angel65 Jul 14, 2019 09:39 PM
SLO Police Chief Firearm Located After Leaving it in Bathroom

I am Skeeter's mom. The guy that found the gun. And, no, I do not want to give her a break. Normally I would, but my son did not need to be put in that situation. My son did not take it from her, and did not want it. He just removed it for safety reasons. Now they are saying it was stolen and slandering him all over the place. I even saw the news with my son's picture. They called him the suspect. I am so mad at all the slandering of my son. It is not fair as it was her fault. And this is what he gets for returning it. You'd think the police chief and the department would be happy and thank him

a-1563516731 Jul 12, 2019 01:00 PM
SLO Police Chief Firearm Located After Leaving it in Bathroom

Let's stop and all have a laugh on this glorious Friday...go to YouTube and watch Lawrence O'Donnel's "Stop the Hammering" vid...no matter where you are on the political spectrum, we all deserve to gave a chuckle!!!

Angel65 Jul 14, 2019 09:51 PM
SLO Police Chief Firearm Located After Leaving it in Bathroom

You bet. If I were to leave a gun in some restroom I am sure the police would not be saying to me, "Oh, it's ok, we all make mistakes." I could even say that I was sorry, and chances are some of you would say, "well that's good enough for us." By leaving that gun though, the police chief dragged my son Skeeter into this big mess. And instead of thanking him for returning it, they may find charges for my son. That is just not right. So, no the chief of police does not get to make a mistake.

a-1563516731 Jul 16, 2019 01:36 PM
SLO Police Chief Firearm Located After Leaving it in Bathroom

@Angel65: Only person who needs punishment is the one who left the gun in unsafe conditions. Yes, they should leave your son alone. Thank him. Maybe teach him what to do next time and let your life live on. If not, you may discuss this with a lawyer for free. If it were my child I would be protecting his rights asap! Sorry about Toxic Anna. Apparently she is a miserable person. Hope this ends happily for your son. Good Luck!

jqb Jul 16, 2019 12:50 PM
SLO Police Chief Firearm Located After Leaving it in Bathroom

"What would YOU do if you found a loaded gun in a public restroom? " I would call the police, and I would leave the gun with the management. I would not walk off the premises with a loaded gun--that's not rational.

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