POLICE LOG: A recently-paroled rape and murder suspect is dead. The arresting officer in the original case, retired homicide detective Tommy McNally, had a confrontation with the victim the night of the shooting and his gun has recently been discharged. A vigilante superhero has been spotted fighting crime on the streets. He is known only as The Guardian. Detailed report follows:
Sam’s pretty doctor pal, Monica, treats a young girl who was assaulted by a man who gave her a ride. The girl managed to escape when headlights from another car startled her attacker. Sam and Andy check out the scene to find the assailant’s vehicle, but the suspect isn’t inside. That’s because he’s on the ground a few feet away with six gunshot holes in his chest. Somebody really wanted this guy dead.
The victim was a recently-paroled rape/murder suspect in one of Tommy McNally’s old cases. Andy’s dad knew this guy was back on the streets and had a drunken confrontation with him. Tommy must have blacked out because he doesn’t remember what happened next. Sam determines that Tommy’s gun has been fired recently and all six bullets are missing from the cylinder.