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Travis Co. police missed weapon in pat-down search 50 times since ‘13


Nearly 50 times in the past three years, a suspect has managed to smuggle a weapon into the Travis County Jail’s central booking facility that has gone undiscovered by arresting officers.

Officials say given the estimated 45,000 inmates who move through the facility each year, the frequency of such incidents is exceedingly rare. Of the 50 weapons, one was a gun.

Yet the self-inflicted shooting of a 19-year-old in the back of an Austin police car Sunday raised questions by the public about how the gun in his possession could have gone unnoticed by officers, and it rattled officers themselves — a reminder of how it’s possible to miss weapons during a pat-down search.

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