LCPD recovers stolen gun

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Courtesy of Columbia County Detention Center Tristian Conklin

Lake City Police officers arrested a convicted felon on possession of a firearm during a call over stolen property.

According to a Lake City Police Department (LCPD) release, officers apprehended Tristian Conklin, 19, on Wednesday at 8:26 p.m. when they responded to 508 N. Marion Ave. for a service call.

The officers were attempting to recover personal property when a man answered the door with a visible gun in his waistband. The man was identified as Conklin, a convicted felon currently on probation. An investigation determined the firearm – a Glock 43 9 mm – was stolen out of Osceola County.

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Officers took Conklin into custody and transported him to the Columba County Detention Center. He is being charged with dealing in stolen property, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm while in the commission of a crime and probation violation.

“As our City has continued to experience gun violence, the removal of stolen weapons and removal of weapons possessed by convicted felons in controlled situations is extremely beneficial,” said Lake City Police Chief Gerald Butler in the press release. “Leaders in the community are making efforts to reduce gun violence and every illegal weapon removed from the street assists the cause.”

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