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Gun returned to police

By Scott Harrison
Published On: Apr 09 2013 05:18:23 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 06 2013 06:36:35 AM CDT

Authorities make public appeal for gun taken from scene Friday.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says a gun found by two men on a sidewalk outside a medical marijuana dispensary Friday morning has been turned in.

According from a release issued by the Sheriff's Office Friday, James Lohr tossed the gun from his vehicle as authorities were pursuing him early Friday morning.  Lohr is an alleged white supremacist and member of the 211 prison gang wanted for questioning in the slaying of state prisons chief Tom Clements.  Lohr was later caught and arrested.

The Sheriff's Office released surveillance video from the Rocky Mountain Miracles dispensary on Bijou Street that showed two men noticing the gun as they walked.  One man picked up the gun, put it back down and left with his companion.  However, the two men later returned and took the gun.

The men aren't in trouble, the release said, but were asked to stop handling the gun and return it to the Sheriff's Office immediately because it is a key piece of evidence.  The Sheriff's Office said the gun was returned around 9:30 p.m. Friday by someone who knows the men. 

Friday afternoon, deputies, Colorado Springs police and federal agents located the gun's magazine and bullets outside the dispensary.  Authorities searched the area for several hours in an unsuccessful attempt to find the gun.

"They were looking for spent or unused bullets," said Bill Weiblich, a nearby employee who watched the search.

Lohr is expected to appear in court for an advisement on Monday.

The second person of interest in the case, alleged fellow gang member and white supremacist Thomas Goulee, remains at large.

Fellow gang member and white supremacist Even Ebel is who authorities think shot and killed Clements and pizza deliveryman Nate Leon in Denver.  Authorities believe the three men met a short time before the killings.  Ebel died after a shootout with authorities in Texas shortly after Clements was killed.

Authorities have yet to reveal the type of gun being sought, or when it may have been used.

Authorities also returned on Friday to the Cedar Street neighborhood where Lohr was arrested.  They didn't reveal what they were looking for there.

"There were a few of them running up and down the alley and through people's yards," said neighbor Josh Hayward.  "A couple of them kind of yelled out at me."

"I didn't think it would hit this close to home," said Weiblich. 

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