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Family wants gun seized as evidence returned

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(WJBK) - Police took a woman's legally-owned firearm as evidence after it was when an intruder broke in, but now she is unable to get it back.

"We were protecting ourselves with the gun that I have a legal permit for. I would say somebody dropped the ball," says Dorothy Grigsby.

And now she feels even more vulnerable than she did last September.

"It was terrifying from the very beginning," she remembers.

That's when a man forced Grigsby and her son upstairs at gunpoint inside their home. He stole her cell phone, some cash and her car keys.

She called 911 her son John Harris stood watch on their porch with her .32 caliber handgun. The burglar came back realizing he forgot to steal the car.

Harris recalls the confrontation.

"'Oh, you M-Fer, did I tell you to come out the house? ... What you doing man? Didn't I tell you go back in the house. What you doing?' And I said, 'This,' and I shot him," Harris says.

Terence Grant was later arrested charged and convicted of armed robbery. He began serving a prison sentence in early April but police are still holding the gun Harris used to fend off the robber.

"They told me it was going to be only until the trial lasted, and it's frustrating not having it, you know. At this time I don't have the money to buy a new gun, and especially when I have one already," Grigsby says.

Turns out she is not the first to have this problem.

Darrel Standberry says, "Sig 45. That's what I carry," - and it's what he used to shoot and kill a man who tried to carjack him. Police kept it as evidence for months even though investigators determined early on Standberry did nothing wrong.

"Even though it was justified they still took a year to give me my weapon back, and I had to keep calling and calling and calling to get it back at that point," Standberry says.

Police say the time period weapons are kept for evidence varies, but often times detectives don't reach out to people like Standberry or Grigsby to tell them they can pick up their property.

To make matters worse for Grigsby, the police file does not name the officer in charge of the investigation. He or she would make the final call on whether Grigsby's only means of protection can be released.

"My gun is sitting somewhere and I feel like I still need it. If he was out there, there's more out there like him. I would like to have some protection should something happen again and now I'm a sitting duck," says Grigsby.
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