- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A northern Utah sheriff’s office says they’ve determined that an M16 rifle missing for years was in the safe of a deputy who forgot he had it.

The Davis County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday in a news release that a deputy on the SWAT team was given the rifle for training before he was deployed to Afghanistan with the U.S. military in 2006.

Sheriff’s officials say the unnamed deputy forgot he had it until seeing recent media reports about it being missing. The deputy is facing administrative action. Officials say the rifle was never on the street.

The deputy served 1 ½ years in Afghanistan, returned home and then deployed again. He has been home for several years.

The rifle came from a Department of Defense program that issues surplus equipment.

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