Police chief on leave after gun sold to pawn shop

Published: Aug. 3, 2022 at 4:58 PM CDT
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HOXIE, Ark. (KAIT) – The Hoxie police chief is on paid leave after the city attorney said a police department gun was sold to a Lawrence County pawn shop.

Nancy Hall told Region 8 News her office received a tip on Monday that Chief Glen Smith sold a department gun to a pawn shop and immediately began investigating. Chief Smith was placed on leave Wednesday, Aug. 3.

According to Hall, the gun is back in the possession of the city and the case has been turned over to the prosecutor’s office, which declined to comment or confirm an investigation.

Chief Smith, who was contacted prior to the city attorney confirming his suspension, told Region 8 News in a phone call the sale was “an accident” but did not address being on leave and said there was no internal police investigation.

Hall said that the pawn shop returned the gun but could not provide details on if it was purchased back or who regained possession of the gun.

The city attorney said Chief Smith’s suspension would be discussed at next Tuesday’s city council meeting.

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