Retired Cleveland police officer arrested after loaded gun found in coat at airport

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CLEVELAND - A retired Cleveland police officer and current part-time officer for Cuyahoga Community College was arrested at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, accused of having a gun at a security checkpoint.

Cleveland police say around 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, the man walked up to a security checkpoint inside Hopkins Airport. They say when he placed his coat into the machine, TSA agents found a handgun in the pocket.

A TSA spokesman says the weapon was a loaded .22-caliber handgun. He says the agents called Cleveland police and the man was arrested. Fox 8 is not revealing his name because it is unclear whether he has been charged.

A spokesman says he gave this explanation.

"Didn't know it was in his coat, it was basically down deep in a pocket,” said TSA spokesman Mark Howell.

Tri-C says the man who was arrested is currently on the campus police force and has been employed part-time there since September of 2007. Before that, he was a Cleveland police officer

The TSA says in 2014 six firearms were found in carry-on bags at security checkpoints at Hopkins. In 2015, that number doubled to twelve.

The arrest came just hours before TSA officials held an informational campaign, displaying items that passengers are not allowed to carry through the checkpoint, that obviously includes guns.

"What we recommend is you take a quick five minute check before you come to the airport, sweep through everything you have on your person and in your bag to make sure you don't have these prohibited items," said Howell.