Children found this Sig Sauer pistol in the men’s restroom at the Lee County Publix Monday and told the manager, who gave the gun to the Lee Sheriff’s Office.
LEESBURG, Ga. — A former federal law enforcement officer who showed up Wednesday to claim the .40-caliber Sig Sauer pistol left in a Publix Supermarket men’s room Tuesday was apologetic, embarrassed and grateful, Lee County Sheriff Reggie Rachals said.
The gun belonged to 60-year-old David Hallman, a Lee County resident who used the men’s room at the store at 1212 S. Highway 19, washed his hands and left the weapon on a sink, Rachals said.
“He was just glad no one found it and misused it for anything illegal, and that no one was hurt,” Rachals said. “The teenagers who found it acted in a mature and responsible way.”
A retired FBI agent, Hallman has a carry permit issued in Lee County, Rachals said. He came in the sheriff’s office Wednesday morning with proof of ownership and took his gun, he added.
The Sig Sauer with 12 hollow-point bullets in the magazine was found by two teenagers who turned it over to a manager at the Publix. The manager immediately called sheriff’s deputies.
Deputies ran the gun’s serial number through the Georgia Crime Information Center database and got no reports that it was stolen.
As a matter of procedure, Rachals said, he told the Lee County Probate Court, which issues firearms license applications, about the lost and recovered gun.