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Twitter photo of handgun causes Hudson police investigation

From staff reports Published: September 7, 2016 12:08 AM
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Hudson -- An 18-year-old woman said a handgun she was holding in a Twitter photo belongs to a Hudson police officer, according to published reports.

After the picture was posted, Officer Mike Burchard, a school resource officer at Hudson High School, was placed on paid administrative leave until a police internal investigation is concluded, according to Hudson Communications Manager Jody Roberts on Sept. 2.

Burchard, in a written statement, did not admit or deny it was his handgun, according to published reports.

The picture created concerns among the Twitter followers of Hudson's Briana Henderson.

An anonymous person reported Aug. 11 that Henderson posted a Twitter photo of herself holding a silver handgun with a wooden grip, and the background in the photo was the brick wall of a Hudson coffee shop.

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Officers checked on the welfare of Henderson, a Boston Mills Road resident, and found her to be in good health, according to a police report.

Henderson, according to published reports, said she and Burchard worked together on projects for a photography class at Hudson High School, where she graduated in 2016.

Burchard, though, said in a written statement he never worked on a project with Henderson while she was a student at the school, according to the reports.

Burchard wrote that the photo of Henderson holding the handgun was not taken in open view and not at the coffee shop, according to the reports.

Burchard, a 13-year veteran of the Hudson Police Department, joined the department in 2003.

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