Gun Issued To Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez Is Missing

Austin York
August 13, 2018 - 5:07 pm
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DALLAS (KRLD) - A gun used by gubernatorial candidate and former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, has not been returned, according to Sheriff's Department records.

Valdez was supplied with the Beretta 9mm pistol in 2011.

"It is likely that this weapon could have been stolen or misplaced during Sheriff Valdez's moving transition," according to Valdez campaign statement. They say she is working with the department to find it.

A police report had to be generated because the weapon could be in the hands of a criminal or used to commit a crime.

Raul Reyna, a spokesman for the sheriff's department, tells KRLD in an email: "The firearm is still considered missing and a report was generated in case the firearm is used in any offense or is located it can be readily identified." 

Valdez was elected in 2004, the first woman, Hispanic and openly gay person to hold such a sheriff's post in Texas.

She resigned in December to run for governor. She advanced to the November general election against incumbent Greg Abbott after winning a primary runoff against Houston businessman Andrew White, the son of former Gov. Mark White.