Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Unintentional Discharge


An officer called for help chasing shoplifters.  The back up officer went in foot pursuit and at some time during the event his handgun went off, hitting himself in the leg.  There is no indication that he pulled the trigger.

Never point the gun at anything you are not willing to shoot. Don't put your finger on the trigger until you are ready to shoot.  Treat every gun as loaded, all the time.  Always be sure of your target before you shoot.

Following these rules will almost always prevent an unintentional discharge of your firearm or at least it will help to minimize the damage of an unintentional discharge.  I suspect it is unlikely the officer may have had his finger on the trigger when he re-holstered his weapon. I suppose it is possible that some kind of mechanical problem may have caused the weapon to discharge, but an armorer will be able to tell that.  We shall see; that's what the SGT Says.


Protect_and_Serve said...

"There is no indication that he pulled the trigger"

There is every indication that something pulled the trigger.

Mike Creek said...

There is no indication he INTENTIONALLY pulled the trigger.