Calgary police are investigating after a homeowner discovered a loaded rifle in his backyard in the Temple area in the city's northeast on Sunday.

A man was doing yardwork when he found the loaded gun and a cellphone inside a pillowcase on his property.

The man unloaded the firearm before calling authorities. However, police are asking anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation not to touch the weapon and call authorities immediately.

It is unclear at this time where the weapon came from and how long it had been on the property.

Corrections

  • We initially reported that the man found a machine gun. In fact, it was a rifle.
    Sep 01, 2014 10:53 AM MT