UKPD officer leaves gun at YMCA


A UK police officer was suspended after accidentally leaving a gun in a Georgetown YMCA bathroom stall on Sunday.

UK Police Chief Joe Monroe said the off-duty officer was touring Georgetown College with family when he accidentally left the gun in a bathroom stall.

The gun was the officer’s personal fire arm, Monroe said.

The youth basketball tournament at the Scott County YMCA on Sunday was canceled after the gun was found by a coach, according to a Herald-Leader article.

Because it was canceled, Monroe said he has raised almost $1,500 to be given to the YMCA to cover the cost for the cancellation.

The UK Police Department is conducting an internal investigation, but currently the officer has been suspended.

Monroe declined to identify the officer.

“This is not the behavior that is typical of one of our officers,” Monroe said, “so it is being dealt with very seriously.”

As soon as the investigation is complete, he said they will deal with the issue appropriately.