Mike Epps Detained At Airport After Gun Found In His Backpack
Mike Epps was reportedly detained at an Indianapolis airport after security found a loaded firearm in his backpack.
According to USA Today, on the morning of March 5, Epps, 52, a Smith & Wesson .38-caliber, was discovered in his backpack at a TSA checkpoint lane. The weapon was reportedly loaded with four rounds of Hornady .38 Special ammo; however, none was under the firing pin.
The You People actor allegedly said he forgot the gun was in his backpack. Police confiscated the firearm and gave him instructions on retrieving the weapon. The comedian was not arrested.
Michael Leffler, a Marion County Prosecutor's Office spokesman, said in a statement, "These matters rarely result in criminal charges. I think it is important to note that the burden of proof required by statute and case law requires you to prove whether an individual knowingly or intentionally brought the firearm. Generally speaking, the most common circumstance is that firearms located by TSA or airport police are unintentionally left in bags." Mike Epps has not made a public statement on the incident.
Epps was in his hometown of Indianapolis to host the opening night of the Straight Jokes! No Chaser comedy tour features Cedric the Entertainer, D.L. Hughley, Earthquake, and D.C. Young Fly.