A Murfreesboro father is glad he decided to walk home from a neighborhood bar Sunday morning because he found a loaded gun, extra ammo and handcuffs on what appeared to be a policeman's gun belt, near the Middle Tennessee State University's campus.
Billy Jones Jr. was walking along East Main Street near the MTSU campus after leaving Gentleman Jim's Bar and Grill early Sunday morning when he spotted something laying on the side of the road.
“I actually spotted it here in the grass by the side of the road,” he said. “I picked it up and discovered it was a loaded gun.”
The gun was a Glock Model 22.
Along with the weapon, Jones found three magazines with .40 caliber hollow point bullets, nine additional .40 caliber bullets, a set of handcuffs, handcuff case, asp baton holder, double magazine holder, radio clip and the duty belt all the items were attached to in the ditch.
“I was shocked,” he said. “I was shocked that there was a loaded pistol lying here.”
Jones took the items home with him then took them to MTSU's Police Department after he woke up hours later on Sunday.
The university police said the items did not belong to one of its officers.
They turned the weapon and accessories over to the Murfreesboro Police Department.
Once again, the agency said the items did not belong to any of its officers.
The items have also not been reported stolen or missing to the department.
Jones, who is the father of an 8-year-old daughter, was glad he found the weapon instead of one of the many children living in the area.
“I would be outraged if she came home to me with a pistol,” Jones said.
Murfreesboro police said they have checked the weapon and other items into evidence.
Jones said they did a criminal background check on him when he turned in the weapon. He does not have a felony.
Because he could lawfully own the gun, he said he was told if no one claims the weapon after 30 days he could take possession of it for himself.
Nashville's News 2 also contacted the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office, La Vergne Police Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol to find out if any of their officers reported a stolen or lost duty belt and weapon.
Anyone with information about the weapon, its owner or how it ended up along East Main Street is urged to contact the Murfreesboro Police Department at 615-849-2670.