Memphis police chief’s gun stolen from locked car in broad daylight

Published 9:15 pm Monday, January 10, 2022

The Memphis police chief became a victim of the criminals she and her officers are trying to stop on Saturday when a thief took her gun from a car in broad daylight.

“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,” Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn “CJ” Davis.
Police reported that at approximately 2:50 p.m. on Saturday, officers responded to a theft from a motor vehicle at 8100 Macon Station Drive, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.

Upon arriving on the scene, officers were advised that the victim parked his vehicle in the parking lot while he and his passenger went inside the business.

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Upon returning to the vehicle, the victim found that his vehicle had been broken into and several items had been stolen.

Various items such as a backpack, contents within, and a handgun were stolen from the vehicle. The handgun belonged to the passenger, Chief Davis. The handgun was Chief Davis’ secondary duty weapon, which was locked in the vehicle in a handgun lockbox.

The backpack was later recovered at another location. However, the handgun has not yet been recovered.

“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,” Chief Davis said.

“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,” Davis said.