LOS ANGELES – Sheriff’s officials say they mistakenly returned a pistol seized that a California man later used for the killing of his ex-wife in a busy shopping mall last weekend.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office says Wednesday that the weapon seized from Kevin Crane after 2014 domestic violence arrest would never return.
Authorities say the Crane was in a shop where his ex-wife, Parisa Siddiqi, worked in The Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks and fatally shot her after an argument Saturday. Crane shot himself and is hospitalized.
A judge ordered the Crane to the gun was seized after the 2014 incident.
Prosecutors dropped the case, and Crane later obtained a letter from the state officials that he was eligible to be in possession of a gun.
The sheriff’s department said that its staff was not aware of the court and return the gun to him in 2015.