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Mystery gun belongs to Chula Vista police officer

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It was a shocking discovery for News 8's Craig McKee. He came across a fully loaded pistol in the middle of the road in Rancho Bernardo and says finding the gun wasn't the biggest surprise - it was finding out who the gun belonged to that surprised him the most.

This is News 8's Craig McKee's account of the story.

After leaving work this past Friday night, I made my way home, but soon discovered something in the middle of Bernardo Center Drive just south of Fairlie Road in Rancho Bernardo. When I got out and looked down at the double yellow lines, what I saw surprised me.

It was a Kahr 9-millimeter semi-automatic handgun. I immediately called 911 and while I waited for police, a car with four young men in it circled around the gun twice.

Shortly after midnight San Diego police arrived on the scene. Officer Samilo looked through a lunch bag nearby and soon discovered that the fully loaded handgun belonged to a Chula Vista police officer.

That officer joined the Chula Vista Police Department in October 2004 and serves as an undercover member of the regional auto theft task force.

Officer Samilo questioned the type of ammunition in the magazine, but explained why the officer most likely had it in his lunch bag.

"It's a personal backup," he said.

News 8 asked Chula Vista police about the gun and the ammunition. First, in regards to an officer carrying his own personal weapon, public affairs specialist Bernard Gonzales for the department says, "The weapon in question is authorized under Chula Vista Police Department policy."

Then there was the intriguing question posed by the San Diego officer on the scene - was the hollow point ammunition in the gun authorized under Chula Vista Police Department policy?

Gonzales replied, "The ammunition is standard issue."

Officer Samilo believes the Chula Vista officer set his lunch bag on top of his car before heading to work Friday night and as he made his way down Bernardo Center Drive, it fell off right where I found it.

We spoke with the officer's supervisor, who says he can't give any more details about the incident.

The investigation could take more than a month.

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