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Officers appeal suspension for seizing man’s gun in bar

October 30, 2015

METHUEN, Mass. (AP) — Two Massachusetts police officers who seized a legally-owned handgun from a man drinking in a bar have appealed their suspensions.

The Eagle Tribune (http://bit.ly/1kYsw3K ) reports that Methuen police Lt. Michael Wnek and Sgt. Tod Himmer were suspended without pay after they took a 69-year-old man’s gun and ammunition in July.

A special investigator hired by the department said Thursday the officers improperly seized the man’s gun and violated department policy.

Under state law, it is not illegal for a legally licensed person to bring a weapon to a bar, as long as they are not intoxicated.

The officers’ attorney says it was “very reasonable” for the officers to take the man’s gun and ammunition. He called the suspensions “downright shameful.”

The gun was later returned.

The hearing was continued until Nov. 19.

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Information from: Eagle Tribune (North Andover, Mass.), http://www.eagletribune.com

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