Memphis police chief’s handgun stolen during vehicle burglary

Published: Jan. 10, 2022 at 4:16 PM CST
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A handgun belonging to the Memphis police chief was stolen during a vehicle burglary over the weekend.

The incident happened Saturday afternoon while the vehicle was parked outside of Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, and Lighting Gallery on Macon Station Road off Germantown Parkway. Officers responded to the report around 2:50 p.m.

According to the incident report, Chief Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis was a passenger in her husband’s vehicle -- a 2018 Porsche Panamera.

Terry Davis told officers he and Chief Davis went inside the business and returned about 40 minutes later to find the passenger-side window broken and several items stolen.

Police say a backpack containing cigars, computer connectors and prescription medication was stolen as well as Davis’ handgun, which was in a locked removeable lockbox under the car seat. The handgun was Davis’ secondary duty weapon.

The backpack was found at another location, but the handgun has not yet been recovered.

Investigators took fingerprints from the vehicle and broken window.

Chief Davis said the following regarding the incident:

“This incident is a vivid reminder that even as a police official, I am not immune to the criminal activity that occurs so blatantly in our city. Carrying my weapons on or near my person has been a career-long practice on and off duty. Like so many others in our city, I am outraged to have property stolen and angered that my gun may be used unlawfully to commit a crime. This was an unfortunate incident and a reminder of the public safety challenges we face as a community. This will only strengthen my resolve to get stolen guns off our streets and bring those perpetrators to justice.”

City of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said he is aware of the “unfortunate incident” and says it’s “a stark reminder that no one is immune from crime and that we all need to be vigilant of our surroundings.”

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