A member of the Salt Lake County SWAT team left a loaded M4 rifle near the scene of a standoff Friday in White City, Utah.
The Tribune says a “veteran” member of the tactical unit forgot his or her weapon in someone’s front yard.
Deseret News reports that a jogger found the rifle about two hours after officers left the scene.
“It’s a terrible mistake,” Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy Levi Hughes tells the paper. “For this to happen one time is unacceptable. The public expects more out of us than this. We’re going to take every step possible so that this never happens again.”
(File photo of an M4 taken March 27 at the Colt Defense Plant in Connecticut by Richard Lardner, AP.) – usatoday