Officer charged with assault possessed gun used in crime in Baltimore

Investigators want to know how a handgun that was used in a crime in Baltimore City wound up in the home of a recently-retired, high-ranking officer from the Baltimore City Police Department.

Dan Lioi retired in April as one the Baltimore Police Department's highest ranking commanders, with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

On June 15, deputies in Harford County were called to Lioi's home in Bel Air.

The incident report shows that Lioi's wife claims he punched her in the face with a closed fist multiple times, over a period of almost two minutes.

Lioi was charged with assault and his legal problems only grew from there.

“According to protocol in a domestic violence case the next thing that happens is all firearms that are in the residence are seized at that time,” said Cristie Kahler, a spokeswoman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

And investigators say they did find five handguns in Lioi's home.  The Sheriff’s Office firearms unit ran checks on the weapons -- and found that one of them had no business being in the home of a former city police commander.

“In this case one of the weapons came back as having been previously recovered by Baltimore City Police Department, and having been in their property lock-up,” Kahler said.

Now city police are involved with the case -- trying to find out how that weapon ended up at Lioi's home.

Tuesday night, a spokesman for the department, Acting Captain Eric Kowalczyk, released a statement that read: 

Commissioner Batts over the last two years continues to enact reforms to ensure the transparency and credibility of the Baltimore Police Department.

To enhance the integrity and accountability of the Evidence Control Unit, it was placed under the direction and control of the Professional Standards and Accountability Bureau.

New procedures have been put into place including routine audits, a change in security procedures, and the unit is answerable to the Deputy Police Commissioner of the Professional Standards Bureau.

Should there be an administrative breach of policy, or criminal activity found in connection with the storage of evidence, those responsible will be held accountable.

So far, Dan Lioi has only been charged with second degree assault, and he's been released to await his next court date.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated Lioi's current job. The story has been updated to reflect the correct information.

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