A gun lent to Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez when she was Dallas County sheriff has been reported missing and authorities are trying to determine how it disappeared.
Valdez was issued a Beretta 9mm pistol on Oct. 3, 2011, as a loaner from the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department Range masters gun range inventory to carry as her on-duty weapon, according to a police report obtained by the Star-Telegram from the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department.
Valdez was lent the firearm after her personal gun, which happened to the same model gun as the loaner, “sustained a malfunction,” the police report stated.
The report filed on July 13 stated that when she resigned from the sheriff’s department on Dec. 31, it was discovered that the Berretta had not been returned to the gun range.
It is likely that the weapon, valued at $649, could have been stolen or misplaced during Valdez’s transition, the police report stated.
Valdez was approached by the sheriff’s office about the missing firearm and has been in close communication since then, according to Dallas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Raul Reyna.
Juan Bautista Dominguez, Valdez’s campaign press secretary, said it’s possible the gun went missing during her transition from being sheriff.
“She is working with the Dallas County Sheriff Department to locate the firearm,” Dominguez said in an email.
Valdez resigned from her post as Dallas County sheriff and became the first openly gay and Latina gubernatorial nominee by winning the Democratic primary — the first in Texas history — in May.