The Nebraska State Patrol says an investigator with the state Department of Agriculture left a handgun in a restroom at the Nebraska State Office Building in downtown Lincoln on Thursday.

Patrol spokesman Cody Thomas said at about 10:10 a.m. troopers with the Capitol Security Detail were notified about the handgun after someone found it in the building at 301 Centennial Mall South.

Troopers responded immediately, secured the weapon and tracked down the owner. Thomas said they determined the investigator left the gun by mistake.

Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Christin Kamm said department investigators are appointed as deputy sheriffs and carry handguns as part of their official job duties. An internal investigation into the gun being left in a restroom is being conducted, she said. 

The State Patrol asks that anyone who finds an unattended firearm to report it immediately to the authorities.

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Lori Pilger is a public safety reporter.

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