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Webster police investigating gun theft from scene of 'untimely death'

The Webster police are investigating a stolen gun taken from the scene of an “untimely death” on Feb. 16. The missing gun is a Baikal .380 handgun.

Lt. Phil Mitchell could not give any specifics on the theft, including who owns the gun or where it was stolen from, but the police learned about the stolen gun shortly after the death, he said.

On Feb. 16, a fire killed 20-year-old Danny Hewey outside the home of John Little in Webster. Several people were gathered outside a brush fire burning in a pit. Just after 10 p.m., Hewey poured gasoline on the fire to reignite it, causing an instant explosion. He died a few hours later from smoke inhalation and burns.

For the investigation, the police will visit pawn shops in the area, check national databases with information about stolen guns and talk to people associated with the incident, Mitchell said.

The Webster police can be reached at 648-2200.

(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or kronayne@cmonitor.com or on Twitter at @kronayne.)

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