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Boy Finds Deputy's Gun in Tampa Theater

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Posted at 7:27 AM, Jun 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-19 03:30:13-04

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Police say a gun found by a 9-year-old boy inside a bathroom stall at a movie theater in Tampa's Ybor City neighborhood belonged to a Hillsborough County deputy.

The incident happened on Father's Day, while the boy and his 15-year-old brother were attending a 3 p.m. showing of "Man of Steel."

The Tampa Bay Times ( reports that the boy found a loaded Glock 26 on top of a toilet paper dispenser in the theater's restroom. The child told his father, 48-year-old Marine veteran Wesley Noland.

Norland says he took the gun and his son into a private bathroom designed for families and called 911. He disarmed the gun and put it on a diaper changing table.

Police traced the gun to an off-duty sheriff's detective. The sheriff's office reports that it has started an administrative investigation.