Onslow Sheriff Writes Public About Leaving Gun In Grocery Store Bathroom

You'd expect to hear about a confession from the sheriff's office --but not a confession from the sheriff. And certainly, not in the newspaper.

An ad in today's editions of The Daily News of Jacksonville, Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown says he was preoccupied with the needs and safety of his grandchildren when he accidentally left his gun and holster in a grocery store bathroom.

Brown says he placed the holster and gun behind the toilet paper rack, but forgot them when he walked out to meet his young grandchildren who were waiting outside. A preacher found the equipment minutes later and returned it.

Brown characterized the incident as his most embarrassing event
and says he's thankful the gun didn't land in the wrong hands. He
says he would be understanding if it had happened to someone else
on his staff.