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Former Dayton Police Officer Brings Loaded Gun to Airport Checkpoint
DAYTON -- A former Dayton police officer and retired coroner's investigator reportedly brought a loaded firearm to a checkpoint today at Dayton International Airport.
The airport reports that about 4:20 a.m. Tuesday, a loaded Ruger 380 was discovered in John Williams' carry-on bag.
According to a Dayton police report, Williams told officers he was a former Dayton police officer and former Montgomery County Coroner's investigator.
Officials with the coroner's office confirm "JR" Williams was an employee and the Dayton police records department also confirm John R Williams was an employee in the 70's for two years before resigning.
Transportation Security Administration screeners notified police, who shut down passenger screening at the airport while they investigated.
Williams was authorized to carry the weapon; however, weapons are not allowed in carry-on luggage. Guns in checked luggage are allowed, under certain circumstances.
Williams reportedly said he was unaware the handgun was in the bag.
"Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the checkpoint," said Mark Howell, TSA spokesman. "Our advice is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items."
According to the TSA, this is the second firearm discovered this year at a security checkpoint by TSA officers at Dayton International Airport. One firearm was discovered at a Dayton checkpoint in 2013.
In addition to potential criminal charges, passengers who bring firearms to a checkpoint face civil penalties from TSA.
The case has been handed over to the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office to determine if charges will be filed.
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