From http://www.shelbystar.com by Rebecca Clark, June 16, 2012
A dog beat police in the search for a missing revolver Friday after officers discovered the loaded gun in the pit bull’s mouth, according to Shelby Police.
Officers were responding to a call after gun shots had been reported in the Orange Street area around 11 p.m., and during the investigation, attempted to stop the driver of a car after an officer saw a revolver lying on the passenger seat of the Honda, according to the police report.
Shortly after the officer questioned Marik Abdul Lipscomb, the driver, as to why he hadn’t stopped at a stop sign, Lipscomb threw the car in reverse and started backing away from police, according to the report.
Shelby Police said officers gave chase and were able to stop Lipscomb, 38, on Oakland Drive.
When officers searched the car, there was no gun, according to the report.
Police canvassed the area, looking along the roadways and between houses but instead of the weapon, saw a brown pit bull on a long chain, the report stated.
Lipscomb refused to tell police where the gun was, according to the report, but as police were making arrangements to have the man’s car towed an officer yelled “Dan, the dog has it in his mouth.”
“…the black handle of the gun (had) saliva and bite marks,” the report stated. “I observed five rounds of federal 38 special inside the cylinder of the weapon.”
The gun and bullets were placed into an evidence bag, according to police.
Lipscomb was arrested and charged with resisting arrest and a stop sign violation.