Contractor's Handguns Missing From Homeland Security Vault

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

The Department of Homeland Security said yesterday that it is investigating how four handguns recently went missing from its headquarters in Northwest Washington.

Jarrod Agen, a department spokesman, said the guns belonged to Paragon Systems of Chantilly, which provides security for the department's facility on Nebraska Avenue NW.

"DHS is investigating the report," Agen said. "Paragon guns do not belong to DHS nor are they under the control of DHS."

A person familiar with the investigation and who requested anonymity while the probe is underway said four .40-caliber handguns vanished about two weeks ago from a vault where Paragon security officers store their weapons.

Attempts to reach Paragon officials for comment yesterday afternoon and evening were unsuccessful.

-- Allan Lengel

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