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Child shoots SWAT officer at reading event

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Child shoots SWAT officer at reading event

Yes, this really happened:
A Lodi Police SWAT officer had a Glock .35 with a flashlight in his thigh holster at a children’s reading event when a boy managed to pull the trigger and shoot the officer.
How was the child able to fire the weapon? The gun did not have a safety mechanism.
The officer was showing off the department’s SWAT truck, vest and other gear at a children’s event called Reading Roundup on Aug. 24.

“A small child, witnesses tell us was 6 to 8 years old, was able to walk up to the officer and was able to pull the trigger.”

The bullet hit the officer’s leg. He was taken to the hospital for a minor injury and released

Police department officials are hoping the child's family comes forward because they still haven't been able to interview the child or his parents.

Video report here.

by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 5:23 PM
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lga1965
by on Sep. 6, 2013 at 9:12 AM
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Exactly. Good points. Lots of fail happening nowadays.

Quoting JMmama:

A 6-8 year old doesn't know better than to go touching things that don't belong to him and are strapped to another person at the time? No one taught him not to pull the trigger of a gun, not to mention one that is in a holster on a police officer?



If the police officer can't keep his weapon away from a child, I'm not sure I would trust him to keep it away from a criminal. How does a person have such little self awareness that they don't notice a child messing with their loaded gun that is on their waist?



There is a whole lot of fail going on here...
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paganbaby
by Teflon Don on Sep. 6, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Exactly.

Quoting pamelax3:

I am gun owner, why would you take a gun without a safety to a childrens event


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JackandJayne
by on Sep. 6, 2013 at 12:31 PM
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What a Moron. That sucks but I bet he'll never make that mistake again. Lucky nobody else was hurt.

And on a side note, I guess I'm different but my children are 5 and 6 and fully understand that a gun is fired to severely injur or kill someone. They've known about gun safety since they could talk. We tell our kids the stove is hot when it's turned on, and someone driving a car could run you over; I assume most parents would also explain that a gun is fired to kill so we take extreme caution when around one. I see a parenting fail here along with the officer.

slashteddy
by Bronze Member on Sep. 6, 2013 at 12:38 PM
... So an eight year old pulls a trigger on a gun still in the holster of an officer, and people are blaming the officer?

It's not like he was passing it around for kids to see. He was on duty, it seems. This is not the fault of the officer, it's the fault of the child, and also the parents.

Also, how was this child able to approach an officer, reach for the holster, and pull the trigger?

Someone didn't do their job, and it wasn't the guy who got shot.
supercarp
by Silver Member on Sep. 6, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Yes, this proves that having even more guns around will make us safer :p

lancet98
by Silver Member on Sep. 6, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Silly title.   The child discharged the weapon while it was holstered.   It was an accident.   The child did not 'shoot' the officer - there is absolutely no evidence at this point of any intention.

Peanutx3
by Ruby Member on Sep. 6, 2013 at 1:59 PM
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The job of the cop with the gun is to be aware of his surroundings and who is near him at all times.  He should have been aware of the kid approaching him and reaching for the gun.

Quoting slashteddy:

... So an eight year old pulls a trigger on a gun still in the holster of an officer, and people are blaming the officer?

It's not like he was passing it around for kids to see. He was on duty, it seems. This is not the fault of the officer, it's the fault of the child, and also the parents.

Also, how was this child able to approach an officer, reach for the holster, and pull the trigger?

Someone didn't do their job, and it wasn't the guy who got shot.



jllcali
by Jane on Sep. 6, 2013 at 2:03 PM
Not all gun owners are like that.

This cop got complacent. Cops are human. If you spend time in a hospital, you will see doctors and nurses exposing themselves to bodily fluids without protection because they get complacent.


Quoting turtle68:


Quoting Healthystart30:

And im sure this officer has more training then all the people being put into schools with guns! Scary

This is my problem with people who believe they are highly trained and totally competent gun owners ....they become complacent and negligent.

Probably why most who bleat on about being responsible owners...are the scariest people out there.

morrigan914
by Bronze Member on Sep. 6, 2013 at 2:03 PM
In another article, the Chief of Police stated that the weapon did not have it's thumb safety engaged.
Quoting Carpy:

Glocks have a "safe action" system.  It is a built in system, but a manual safety can be added.  Not really what a cop would want, but the gun should not have been loaded.

Quoting rfurlongg:

Why did it not have a safety?


jllcali
by Jane on Sep. 6, 2013 at 2:10 PM
I agree. I stress that to my child.

Quoting JackandJayne:

What a Moron. That sucks but I bet he'll never make that mistake again. Lucky nobody else was hurt.

And on a side note, I guess I'm different but my children are 5 and 6 and fully understand that a gun is fired to severely injur or kill someone. They've known about gun safety since they could talk. We tell our kids the stove is hot when it's turned on, and someone driving a car could run you over; I assume most parents would also explain that a gun is fired to kill so we take extreme caution when around one. I see a parenting fail here along with the officer.

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