The handgun that Buford O. Furrow apparently used to kill a Los Angeles postal worker was originally purchased by the Cosmopolis Police Department in Grays Harbor County, Wash.

The department bought the 9mm Glock Model 26, a small-framed, easily concealed semiautomatic handgun, in 1996 but sold it a month later after determining that it was unsuited to undercover work, Police Chief Gary Eisenhower said today.

Thursday, federal authorities in California said Furrow, 37, a self-avowed racist and neo-Nazi, shot letter carrier Joseph Ileto with a Glock handgun shortly after Furrow opened fire at a Los Angeles Jewish community center with a 9mm Uzi submachine gun.

Federal authorities, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Furrow obtained the Uzi from an Aryan Nations cohort in the Tacoma area about three weeks ago.

An Everett, Wash., pawnshop operator said Furrow pawned several firearms--including a Glock 26 and a Colt AR-15 assault rifle--in April 1998 and reclaimed them in October.

Eisenhower said the police department sold the Glock to Don's Gun Shop in Aberdeen, which sold the weapon a short time later to David Wright, an Aberdeen businessman and reserve police officer. Wright said he sold it last year on consignment at a gun show.