JONESBORO (KAIT) For two Region Eight fisherman, a day on Craighead lake turned out to be a real "bang."
We have all seen the comedies where the fishermen have caught an old boot or a toilet seat or something along those lines.
And at first Devin Sullivan thought he was having turtle soup for supper.
"I thought it was a turtle at first but I reeled it in , looked at it and thought, that's a stick, that's not a turtle . I looked at it a little closer and it's a shotgun."
Devin and his stepfather Steve were fishing near pavilion 4. Devin said he cast out about a hundred feet. And reeled in a Remington 870 shotgun.
After that they did the responsible thing.
Sullivan, "Then we just put it in the truck, took it home and called the police."
I asked detective sergeant Todd Nelson, "So when you find a weapon in a lake what steps do the police take when you take it in to you?"
Todd, "We're gonna take precautions to preserve evidence and render the gun safe."
The serial number is visible on the weapon. It also is camouflaged with a carrying strap.
Todd, "We will try to check the serial number to see if it has been reported stolen. And then look at any outstanding crimes we have had that maybe that particular type gun was used."
Devin was thinking more in CSI kind of train, "Maybe somebody got killed with it and somebody was trying to ditch the evidence."
Sergeant Todd was quick to assure me that "as far as I know we don't have any active investigations involving a shotgun."
Todd says shotguns are hard to link to a crime scene unless a shell matches up. The gun will eventually be sent to the state crime lab.
But the question of the day was.
Todd, "Why somebody would throw a shotgun into Craighead lake. I don't know."
Devin, "Maybe somebody was out in a boat riding around and maybe it fell out."
Todd, "Somebody that's mad at a spouse about hunting too much."