Connecticut officer whose guns were stolen charged with endangerment

STAMFORD — A Connecticut police officer whose two high-powered guns were stolen from his car was charged Thursday with reckless endangerment.

The Hour reports that Norwalk Officer Edgar Gonzalez was charged by Stamford police and released on a promise to appear in court.

A semiautomatic rifle with two loaded 30-round magazines and a rapid-fire 12-gauge tactical shotgun were taken from his car outside his home sometime late Sunday or Monday morning, according to court records.

The weapons, which were not department-issued, were left in the car overnight in a single soft-shell case. When Gonzalez awoke in the morning, he found his car door ajar and the guns missing.

Gonzalez told police he had locked the car, but investigators said there were no signs of forced entry.

The guns were quickly recovered and two men are facing charges in the theft.

Norwalk Police Lt. Terry Blake said the department is reviewing the incident to determine whether Gonzalez should face any departmental punishment.

Gonzalez, a four-year veteran of the Norwalk department, has declined to comment.

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