Webster police searching for stolen gun
The Webster police are searching for a stolen Baikal .380 handgun that was taken from the scene of an “untimely death” Feb. 16, Lt. Phil Mitchell said.
Mitchell did not provide any other details on the investigation, including who owned the gun or where it was stolen from. The police learned it had been stolen shortly after the death, he said.
Feb. 16 is the date that a fire killed 20-year-old Danny Hewey outside the Webster home of John Little. On that night, several people were gathered around a brush fire in a pit outside. When the fire died down just after 10 p.m., Hewey poured gasoline from a tank on the fire to reignite it. That triggered an instant explosion, and Hewey died several hours later from smoke inhalation and burns. The 17-year-old girlfriend of Hewey’s brother Doug was also injured at the scene.
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.