NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Three North Charleston Police officers have lost their city-issued guns in the last two years and two of the guns have not been recovered, authorities confirmed on Thursday.
A Live 5 News investigation revealed one of the weapons that belongs to Capt. Terrell Palmer wound up in the hands of a suspect.
Police spokesman Spencer Pryor says that gun may have been used in a shooting at a mobile home park a few hours before it was recovered.
Palmer and the two other officers, Lt. William Hardee and PFC. Tireka Cerone were issued letters of reprimand for losing their guns.
The letters state all three officers violated a policy.
The letters read in part, "Members of the department will be responsible for the proper care and use of department uniforms and equipment assigned or used by them."
The letter states each employee has ten days to appeal, but police will not say whether any of the officers appealed the letters, citing personnel matters.
Pryor says all three officers are still employed by the police department, according to Pryor.