Prescott Valley offers $500 for help finding police chief's missing gun

PRESCOTT VALLEY, AZ - Prescott Valley is asking for the public’s help to find a missing handgun that belongs to the Chief of Police, and is now offering a reward for its safe return.

The Prescott Valley Police Department said on November 9, after attending a town council meeting, Chief of Police Bryan Jarrell entered the restroom at the Prescott Valley Library to change his clothes. 

According to police, Jarrell accidentally left his gun in a restroom stall. 

Jarrell noticed the gun was missing on November 13 and reported it to his department. 

Jarrell told ABC15 that he accepts all responsibility and any repercussions that may come his way.

"I'm an imperfect human being and I make mistakes," he said.

The handgun is described as a Glock 19, 9mm caliber and black in color; serial number: YHC 944.

In a release Tuesday afternoon, Prescott Valley police say they are offering a $500 cash reward for the safe return of Chief Jarrell's gun. 

Harrell said he will fund the $500 reward being offered by the police department.

He told ABC15 after a town council meeting on Thursday he was changing his clothes in the library restroom and accidentally left the gun in the stall. 

He explained that it took him several days to realize his gun was missing because he wasn't working.

Prescott Valley Town Manager Larry Tarkowski says he is awaiting results from an internal investigation before deciding how to proceed.

"He has been chief here for over three and a half years," Tarkowski said. "[He] has done a remarkably fine job with this department and he made a mistake. Having said that, there are repercussions."

The gun has been entered into the National Crime Information Computer (NCIC). 

If you have any information about the gun, call Prescott Valley Police Department at 928-772-9267.

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