During the afternoon hours of February 1, 2020, officers of the Peachtree City Police Department responded to the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, located on Walt Banks Rd., in reference to a rifle that was located on the premises by a church member. The rifle was located concealed underneath a jacket in the chapel.
Investigators worked diligently through the night and were able to locate the owner of the rifle. Through the course of the investigation, it was determined that a female who suffers from mental illness and diminished mental capacity resides with the owner of the firearm and was responsible for leaving the rifle at the church. She informed investigators that she was uncomfortable with the rifle in the home, so she discarded the rifle at a location where she believed it would be handled safely. It was determined that this individual has a pattern of similar behavior in the past with other various items that she had removed from the home. Investigators found no indication that she intended to use the rifle or participate in any sort of violent activity. Investigators will be conferring with the Fayette County District Attorney’s Office regarding any possible charges that may be pending.
We believe this to be an isolated incident with no further cause for concern for the public at this time.
We encourage our citizens to remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings at all times. Reporting suspicious activity such as this incident is what helps us keep our city as safe as possible. The Peachtree City Police Department would also like to thank the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in bringing this matter to a timely conclusion.