CLINTON — A 20th Judicial Drug Task Force officer apparently left his gun behind in a Walmart bathroom, according to Clinton police.

CLINTON — A 20th Judicial Drug Task Force officer apparently left his gun behind in a Walmart bathroom, according to Clinton police.


A Walmart employee called the Clinton Police Department on June 23 and reported that a handgun had been found, according to a police report. A Clinton police investigator then picked up the weapon, a .380-caliber Glock, and took it to the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office.


After viewing a photo from a Walmart security camera and identifying Heath Jones, a drug task force officer, authorities called Jones, who said he had been at Walmart and had misplaced his gun. Jones went to the sheriff’s office and retrieved the weapon, according to the report.


Twentieth Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland, who is in charge of the drug task force, said Wednesday he had learned of the incident earlier that day and had not yet had time to look into it. He said there would be an internal review.


"We’re thankful nobody was hurt as a result of this," he said.