YBOR CITY, Florida -- It's the story everyone is talking about: a gun left in the bathroom at the Muvico Theaters in Ybor on Father's Day. 10 News first broke the story and has learned the weapon was accidentally left behind by 38-year-old off-duty Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Detective Luke Hussey, a 13-year veteran of the force.
"When he went to the bathroom, he left his own personal firearm in one of the stalls. After about an hour, an hour and a half, he realized it was gone and immediately contacted the manager and went searching for his gun," said Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office spokesman Larry McKinnon.
But Tampa Police had already impounded it and identified the owner, but will not press any charges.
"At this point, we are in the process of turning the weapon over to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and they will handle the case administratively," said Tampa Police Department Laura McElroy.
The gun was found by 9-year-old Zane Nolan, who was with his father, Wes, to see the new Superman movie. 10 News spoke with Zane and his father about how lucky the detective was that a responsible child with an alert father found it.
"I didn't touch it because it would not be the right thing to do. If I did, I could have accidentally fired it and shot someone," said Zane Nolan.
Zane's dad knows Hussey is very sorry about his actions, but said with a badge comes great responsibility.
"He left it in the bathroom. It's a dangerous weapon. Thank God it wasn't picked up by a child, or careless teenager, or other person with nefarious intentions, because someone could have gotten hurt," said Wes Nolan.