MANDEVILLE, LA (WVUE) - Mandeville police are investigating how and why a loaded handgun was abandoned in front of a park bench on the Mandeville lakefront.
Shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday, a Mandeville officer on patrol was dispatched to Lakeshore Drive in the area of Wilkinson Street to investigate a report of the found gun.
The gun, a loaded Springfield Armory XD .45 caliber pistol was found lying in the grass in front of a park bench.
The responding officer seized and processed the weapon for further investigation. A National Crime Information Center (NCIC) check showed that the weapon has not been reported stolen as of yet.
The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms will be brought into the investigation to trace the weapon and determine ownership. The gun will also be test fired to determine if it has ever been used in a crime.
Anyone with any information about the gun is asked to call the Mandeville Police Department at (985) 626-9711.