A Good Samaritan Hospital maintenance worker discovered a stolen handgun hidden behind ceiling tiles in the emergency room bathroom last month, according to police records.
A Dayton police report did not reveal if police know how the gun — a loaded Smith & Wesson .40 caliber pistol reported to Trotwood police as stolen in March — made it inside the ceiling of the soon-to-be-closed hospital.
A 37-year-old man told Trotwood police he reached into his car’s center console to get a napkin when he realized the handgun he had stored there was missing.
The man said he believed the gun was taken on March 2 while he was at home on the 4000 block of Nevada Avenue.
According to Dayton police, the gun was found June 29 in the ER bathroom by a Good Samaritan Hospital maintenance worker. When the worker removed one of the ceiling tiles, a magazine to the handgun fell from the ceiling. The employee notified hospital police. A Dayton police officer put on latex gloves to remove the gun from the ceiling.
Dayton police requested DNA and casing testing on the firearm, according to the report.
Premier Health, which operates Good Samaritan Hospital at 2222 Philadelphia Drive, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The hospital’s emergency room is slated to close at noon Thursday, with the rest of the hospital closing Monday at 12:01 a.m.
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