NORRISTOWN, Pa. — In a story Aug. 31 about a former police officer being charged with theft, The Associated Press reported erroneously the items that were stolen. Authorities say he stole an M-16 and ammunition for handguns, not two handguns.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Former officer charged with stealing M-16, ammo

Authorities say a former Pennsylvania police officer broke into his old squad car, stole an M-16 and then tried to kill himself near a church before going inside to talk to a priest, prompting law enforcement to descend on the place of worship

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Authorities say a former Pennsylvania police officer broke into his old squad car, stole an M-16 and handgun ammunition and then tried to kill himself near a church before going inside to talk to a priest, prompting law enforcement to descend on the place of worship.

Prosecutors said Thursday that former Lower Providence police officer Charles Murray has been charged with various counts of theft and endangerment.

They say that the 37-year-old Murray admitted to stealing the gun Tuesday from his old patrol vehicle.

The next day a priest saw Murray in his car with a hose running from the exhaust into the vehicle. Prosecutors say he then went to speak with the priest inside the church and was arrested without incident.

Prosecutors say he was fired June 2 for non-criminal violations on the job.

Court records didn’t list an attorney.