PHOENIX - The former freeway shootings suspect will be getting his gun back.
A judge ordered Friday that officials must return Leslie Merritt Jr.'s seized firearm, according to his attorney Jason Lamm.
A court official said the Arizona Department of Public Safety has until January 31 to surrender the gun.
Merritt spent months behind bars facing charges connected to a series of shootings along Phoenix-area freeways that caused Valley-wide panic.
Merritt is still the main suspect in the DPS investigation.
Merritt's attorneys say they remain shocked at Milstead's comments.
All of the charges have been dropped against Merritt, but that does not mean DPS can't file charges again.