Guard's pistol discovered missing at Putnamville lockup

PUTNAMVILLE, Ind. - A handgun assigned to prison workers has been reported missing at the Putnamville Correctional Facility , prompting a state police investigation 45-miles southwest of Indianapolis.

Indiana Department of Corrections (IDOC) leaders confirmed the missing 9 mm Glock handgun to the Call 6 Investigators on Wednesday, saying police were notified after a routine inventory within the past two -weeks.

The medium security prison in Greencastle housed 2,579 convicts in 2011, according to the most recent figures posted on the prison system’s web site.

Doug Garrison with the IDOC called it “very, very rare” to have a weapon turn up  missing from a state prison.

He told the Call 6 Investigators that the handgun was assigned to correctional workers known as “trip officers” who transport shackled inmates from one facility to another.

Garrison said there is no concern that the missing weapon has made its way inside the prison.  

“That would be a different situation,” he said.

He said he could not comment on whether any prison staff had been reassigned during the investigation.

Indiana State Police are leading the investigation into the missing prison gun.

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