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Police arrest man who officers say left gun in Fred Meyer

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A judge sentenced Derek Martin on Nov. 8 to spend 0 to three and a half years in prison for illegally having a handgun.


IDAHO FALLS — Police arrested an Idaho Falls man on parole Tuesday morning after he left a gun inside Fred Meyer Saturday.

Idaho Falls Police Department spokeswoman Jessica Clements tells 39-year-old Derek Martin was booked into the Bonneville County Jail for felony unlawful possession of a gun and a parole violation. Martin is the man police say left a loaded handgun inside Fred Meyer on Northgate Mile.

A community member called officers around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday saying they saw the suspect’s photo that had been posted online Monday. The caller said the man was near Woodruff Avenue and North Yellowstone Highway, according to Clements.

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Officers arrived and spotted the man, later identified as Martin, and he ran. By 9:15 a.m., police had him in custody.

The Idaho Department of Correction shows Martin is on parole for felony possession of a controlled substance in Bonneville County and felony grand theft in Bonner County.

Although Martin is accused of a crime, it does not necessarily mean he committed it. Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Martin is expected to make his initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon.

Gun Guy at Fred Meyer
A photo of a man who police say left a gun inside a Fred Meyer store on Saturday. | Courtesy Idaho Falls Police Department
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