Sheriff IDs woman arrested for bringing pistol into City Services Center

mowen@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 10, 2014 

The Muscogee County Sheriff's Office has identified a woman who tried to bring a .380 caliber pistol into the City Service Center in her purse on Thursday.

Shaniqua Mafuyai Burks, 23, was arrested and charged with carrying a weapon into a government building, a misdemeanor, Sheriff John Darr said.

In a report, authorities said Burks was going through security screening at 11:30 a.m. to get a document notarized when a deputy saw what appeared to be a pistol in her purse as it went through the X-ray machine . Deputy Thomas Medlin called another deputy, Jayson M. Martin, to assist him during a search which showed there was a pistol in the purse.

Burks did not have a permit to carry the concealed weapon. She was arrested and taken to the Muscogee County Jail but was later released on bond.

“She told deputies that she’d forgotten that she had it in her purse,” Darr said.

This is the first such arrest at the City Service Center, Darr said, although some others have attempted to bring firearms into the building. Those individuals were carrying holstered pistols or revolvers and had carry permits, so deputies only explained the new law to them and sent them on their way, Darr said.

Deputies seized the weapon described as a Jimenez Arms model.

Ben Wright contributed to this story.

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