AMHERST - A police firearm left unattended at a local business last week is the subject of an investigation.
Ian Naylor, deputy chief with the Amherst Police Department, confirmed the force is investigating an issue involving a firearm, however he wouldn't divulge anything further.
"Because it's an ongoing investigation, we can't provide any further information at this time," he said.
"We will get the investigation completed in a timely fashion."
Sources have told the Amherst Daily News that it was a member of the local Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment that left the firearm behind in the bathroom at the McDonald's on South Albion Street.
Naylor wouldn't confirm that it was an RCMP officer, nor make any comments regarding the subject.
Sgt. Brigdit Legere, provincial media relations officer for the RCMP, however, did.
"I can confirm that an internal investigation has been launched regarding the circumstances that resulted in a police firearm being recovered from the bathroom from an Amherst business," she said Thursday evening.
Danny Moore, owner of the restaurant, said he wasn't able to comment on the situation.