EPHRATA – An assault rifle is missing from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office noticed the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle was missing during a routine inventory and conducted an internal investigation in an attempt to locate the weapon, according to Sheriff Tom Jones.
"I am enormously concerned about this missing rifle," stated Jones. "I am sorry to alarm the public that such a weapon has been lost from our control, and I reassure everyone that we will find the rifle and anybody who is found to be responsible for any malfeasance will be held accountable at the highest level."
The rifle was recorded as being placed in a secure firearms room at the Grant County Courthouse, stated Jones. A search and the sheriff’s office internal investigation failed to locate the weapon.
When it wasn’t found, Jones asked the Washington State Patrol to investigate what happened to the rifle. He said it was to help the sheriff’s office by “providing a set of eyes from outside investigators.”
The AR-15 is a semi-automatic rifle based on the military assault rifle. It is available to citizens and issued to Grant County deputies for patrol.
Jones did not disclose how long the weapon has been missing.