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Police officer leaves patrol rifle unattended during domestic violence incident

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DAYTON, Ky. (WKRC) - A Dayton, Kentucky officer left his patrol rifle leaning unattended by a cruiser while he and other officers dealt with a domestic incident.

At least one person in the area took pictures and video of the unattended gun on January 24.

Police had been called to a home on 5th Avenue for the domestic violence issue involving a gun. A man walked out of the home and fired a shot into the air, during the incident.

Police were able to get the man into custody. No one was hurt.

At some point, the rifle was set down.

Chief David Halfhill thanked neighbors for bringing the rifle to the officer's attention.

"It is unfortunate that this accident happened, but we as police officers are human do make mistakes. We hold our police officers to a higher standard and be assured that this mistake will fully be investigated," Halfhill said.

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