Morgantown, W.Va. (AP) -- A Morgantown man says a gun he bought from a West Virginia State Police trooper who later was killed in the line of duty belongs with the officer's family.
Charlie Chico recently gave Trooper 1st Class J.T. Brammer's .357 magnum to the officer's son, Michael.
J.T. Brammer was killed in 1989 as he and another trooper attempted to serve an arrest warrant.
Chico says he bought Brammer's gun in 1987.
Brammer had bought the gun from the state police after he switched to a new police weapon.
A records check by 1st Sgt. C.E. Porter confirmed Brammer had carried the gun in the line of duty.
Michael Brammer says it's a great honor to have his father's gun, and he plans to pass it down to his son.
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