posted on Sep, 3 2013 @ 12:32 PM
This one shocks me. It isn't some rookie out of POST training. It isn't some old timer so close to retirement, he doesn't care anymore. It's a
SWAT Officer, who is supposed to be a little better trained and a little more responsible (we'd HOPE) than the rest of the pack.
It seems, that wouldn't be an accurate assumption.
LODI (CBS13) — 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.
“It doesn’t have an external safety or anything like that,” said Lt. Sierra Brucia with the department. “The gun functioned how it was
supposed to. When the trigger was pulled, the gun went off.”
First, I'll say this is why I will never own a Glock handgun. Someone could give me one as a gift and I'd be pricing it for resale out the door
right after they left. The lack of any positive safety system on that gun is why. My 1911 .45 automatic has SEVERAL safeties which each prevent firing
unless that is precisely what you intend to do, on purpose and at that moment. Not so, the Glock. Obviously.
“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
I'm glad to hear no one was seriously hurt, least of all the children. However, I'm appalled that it happened at all. My Father and EVERY cop I ever
met in less than 'official' conditions has been the same on this, was VERY protective and paranoid (would be the word) about his right side. It was
ingrained, bone deep and impossible to get out of his personality after a decade and a half of living it. That was 100% about maintaining control over
his weapon, no matter what, without exception...ever.
Of course, he also had a CLOSED holster which didn't display the trigger for a kid to walk up and trip with a finger.
I also wouldn't put a flashlight on a handgun for anything but a toy to show off and look neat. It's a GREAT way to die as a cop though. One might
notice, when cops enter a building or other high tension situation with flashlights and guns? They hold the flashlight up and AWAY from their own
center mass. Why? Bad guys shoot AT THE LIGHT. So, if a cop wants to LIVE awhile....he doesn't place the target directly in line to the open sights
of the weapon. In reverse? That literally puts the bad guy's point of aim right into his eyeball.
If this hot dog had considered all that and wasn't a modern Garrett Trooper with a civilian uniform, a bunch of kids may not have had to see a man
get shot by his own stupidity?
What does everyone else think? Cops fault? Kid's fault? Pure dumb luck and no one's fault?