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City of Troutdale purchases gun used in Reynolds High School shooting

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TROUTDALE, OR (KPTV) -

The gun, magazines, ammunition and body armor recovered at the scene of the Reynolds High School shooting with remain the property of the city of Troutdale.

The city council approved paying $3,950 to Lucas Padgett, who is the brother of the student who shot and killed freshman Emilio Hoffman and injured a teacher in June 2014.

Padgett has said he kept the rifle locked up and his brother stole the gun.

Previously, an attorney for Padgett had argued the gun was no longer being used as evidence and Multnomah County Judge Michael Greenlick ordered the city to prove they're investigating a crime or give his guns back.

The gun used in the shooting will remain stored in evidence lockup, according to Troutdale’s city manager.

Troutdale Mayor Doug Daoust issued a statement about the purchase:

The June 10, 2014 shooting incident at Reynolds High School was a tragic event from which some members of our community will never fully recover. Recently, Lucas Padgett, the rightful owner of the weapon used in this incident, and brother of the shooter, filed a court action to seek the return of that weapon and other items that were seized as evidence in that case. A court hearing was held in which the judge clearly indicated that Lucas Padgett had a right to have those items returned to him. Understanding the emotional trauma that both the Hoffman and Padgett families have been through, the City of Troutdale reached out to Lucas Padgett to seek a compromise that would be acceptable to all involved and help continue the healing process of this terrible tragedy. An agreement was reached in which Lucas Padgett transferred his property to the City and dismissed the case. At the appropriate time the City will request an order for final disposition of the property.

The deal became official October 13.

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