BENTONVILLE (AP) - A Benton County Sheriff's Office shotgun that was lost by a part-time deputy has been found and returned.
Sheriff's Maj. Rob Holly told the Benton County Daily Record that a gun shop owner in Bella Vista called the sheriff's department Saturday to say he had the 12-guage pump-action gun. Holly says the shop owner told deputies that another man found and brought the weapon to him.
Holly says the gun appears to be virtually destroyed - but officials are glad to have it back.
The shotgun disappeared last Wednesday after an inventory of equipment held by all the office's part-time deputies. The sheriff's office says Deputy Mark Heiner placed the shotgun on the top of his car and drove away.
Heiner was fired Thursday because of the incident.
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