Police investigating an alleged domestic dispute at the Bel Air home of a retired Baltimore police officer last month found a gun that had been seized by city police and stored as evidence, authorities said Wednesday.
Officers were called to the Dunsinnan Trail home of retired Baltimore Police Lt. Col. Dan Lioi on June 15, according to a spokeswoman for the Harford County sheriff's office.
Following standard practice in cases involving allegations of domestic violence, spokeswoman Cristie Kahler said, police took five guns from Lioi's home.
They found one that had been recovered by Baltimore police, she said.
"At some point it was in Baltimore police property, their evidence," she said.
Kahler said the department is not identifying the firearm. She said the incident remains under investigation.
Baltimore police did not respond to a request for comment.
Lioi retired this year from the city department.
Officers also seized a gold Manchester Police Department badge from Lioi's home, police said.
Manchester Chief John Hess said Lioi was in the process of joining the department when he was charged in June.
In the police report on the domestic dispute, officers said Lioi and his wife were arguing when he began striking her with a closed fist, leaving her with "significant swelling" to the left side of her face.
Lioi was charged with second-degree assault. He is scheduled to appear in court in September.
Lioi's attorney did not return a call for comment Wednesday.
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