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Woman gets through courthouse security with gun
Weapon returned safely to vehicle
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A woman who entered the Dawson County Government Center earlier this month was able to make it past a security guard and a metal detector with a gun inside her purse.

According to Sheriff Jeff Johnson, at approximately 3:08 p.m., March 6, after going through a security scan where the woman placed her purse on a conveyor belt that was run through a metal detector, she retrieved her purse and entered the clerk's office on the first floor of the courthouse.

"The weapon was not initially detected by the screening officer," Johnson said. "Only after a closer observation of the image did the officer notice the weapon. After verifying the image, officers began a search of the courthouse, as well as conducting an administrative recess of an active courtroom."

Approximately 10 minutes later the woman was located exiting the clerk's office, Johnson said. The weapon was temporarily confiscated and secured, and the woman was escorted back to her vehicle where the weapon was returned.

Because the woman unintentionally brought the gun inside the building, no charges have been filed against her.

"An after-action review brought about an operational change at the screening station, which should serve to reduce the possibility of this recurring," Johnson said.

The officer who let the woman in with the gun is currently undergoing the disciplinary process.
Johnson said that since it is of a more serious nature, consideration of an adverse disciplinary action is warranted.