Apparent Gun Mishandling Led to Radnor Cop's Retirement, Chief Says
Superintendent of Police William Colarulo said if the police officer did not resign he was going to start an internal investigation.
A Radnor Township police officer recently retired from the force after apparently mishandling the disposal of guns given to him by a township citizen.
Superintendent of Police William Colarulo told Radnor Patch that an officer, whom he would not name, responded to a woman who wanted to get rid of some guns. A "discrepancy about how they were disposed of" was found out after the woman discovered that one of the guns was a family heirloom and asked for it back, he said.
Colarulo said he felt that "departmentally there may have been a mishandling," but was "confident that nothing criminal" took place.
The officer chose to retire, as he was of age to do so, and Colarulo said he accepted that resignation in lieu of an internal investigation. The guns have been accounted for, he said.
"It was the proper way of handling that," he said. "I stand by that."
Colarulo said the standard procedure for handling firearms to be disposed of is for them to be documented and logged into an internal department system. That was not the case originally in this situation, he said.
"If I felt he stole the firearms there would have been a criminal investigation," Colarulo said. Even with that, the officer would have been able to retire as he did.