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August 22, 2007

Albany -- An Albany Police recruit has been fired after losing her police issued handgun, and lying to her superiors about it.

Shunell Borders was fired because of the lost gun incident. City Manager Alfred Lott made the decision to dismiss the recruit, who was on probation as a police officer trainee.

March 10th Borders was ordered to turn in her .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol for service. She reported to her supervisor that the gun was missing from her personal car trunk, after it had been parked in the Police Compound, and said some of the people working there must have taken it.

Later under questioning Borders admitted she had lied about the gun being stolen, because she was afraid she would be fired for losing it.

Borders was given a written reprimand, and had to pay $500 for the lost gun, but continued to work as a trainee-- until she was fired Tuesday night.

City officials say they are not sure if the gun has ever been found.

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