San Luis Obispo PD Chief Deanna Cantrell

San Luis Obispo PD

San Luis Obispo Police Chief's Missing Gun Gets Turned In

July 12, 2019 - 1:40 pm

A gun that went missing after the San Luis Obispo police chief left it in a fast-food restaurant's bathroom was turned in on Thursday, authorities said. 

The firearm, which police characterized as "stolen" from an El Pollo Loco on Wednesday, was recovered when a tipster told the department that his brother-in-law had the weapon on Thursday. 

Upon questioning, Skeeter Carlos Mangan, 30 of Los Osos, allegedly admitted to sheriff's deputies that he put the gun in his pocket after finding it in the restroom. Mangan hasn't been arrested, but an investigation is underway. 

Chief Deanna Cantrell had posted a Facebook video on Wednesday in which she apologized for her absentmindedness. 

“My actions were irresponsible and dangerous and I’m so grateful that after our preliminary investigation a child didn’t find it,” said Cantrell, in a video statement. “I was complacent, and that’s something you can never be with a firearm. I expect more from myself as a person and especially as a police officer that has carried a firearm for 25 years… I want to publicly apologize for my carelessness.”

She had removed the gun from her holster because it did not stay clipped to her pants, she said.