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Did prisoner put gun in trash container outside courthouse?

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Judicial marshals at the courthouse lockup on Golden Hill Street in Bridgeport, Connecticut, don’t carry firearms.

And, of course, prisoners aren’t supposed to, either. But somehow a gun wound up in a trash container outside the facility, which was on lockdown Tuesday as state police investigated, the Connecticut Post reports.

State corrections department personnel called a little before 3 p.m. to say that a firearm had been found there, said trooper first class Kelly Grant of the state police.

A spokesman for the corrections department credited “intelligence gathered by the staff of the Connecticut Department of Correction” for the gun’s discovery, but said it isn’t known who put it there, the Post reports.

“It is important to note that the trash can was located on the grounds of the facility and not inside the facility,” said spokesman Andrius Banevicius. “It is not known at this time … when the handgun was placed in the garbage can.”

Crediting unidentified sources, the newspaper says courthouse personnel are concerned that the gun may have been deposited by a prisoner, because the trash container is near where inmates are unloaded from transportation vehicles.

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