Bad Luck: Cop loses his loaded firearm.

Worse Luck: A reporter finds it.


The Smith &Wesson M&P was marked “SBPD” on the slide and South Bend Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski confirmed it belonged to his department.

Discovered by WNDU’s Joel Porter at an intersection near University Park Mall in the Indiana city best known as the home of Notre Dame University, Porter stopped his car, unloaded the gun and called the police, who retrieved the weapon.

“I was hoping it was a toy gun, but it was a real one,” said Tracy Hertel, another motorist who stopped along with Porter when he saw the gun. “All I could think was some little kid could pick that up and we’d have a tragedy to talk about.

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