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AZTOY
February 22, 2003, 12:57 AM
Feb. 20, 2003, 8:59AM

Officer examining gun shoots himself in leg

By S.K. BARDWELL
Copyright 2003 Houston Chronicle

A Dallas police officer visiting a relative in northwest Houston accidentally shot himself in the leg while looking at the relative's handgun, authorities said.

The incident occurred about 10 p.m. in the 1800 block of Dolly Wright, where Dallas patrol officer Demetrick Devoyd Pennie, 25, was sitting in a car with his relative.

The witness told police Pennie was handling a Colt .45 caliber handgun when it discharged, striking him in the leg.

Pennie was taken to Ben Taub Hospital. His wound is not life-threatening, officials said.

Some pills in the car were tested and found to be the illegal drug Ecstasy , police said. No charges have been filed yet, however.

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/story.hts/metropolitan/1787463

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hondo68
February 22, 2003, 01:18 AM
http://abclocal.go.com/images/ktrk/22003_copshot1.jpgA Dallas police officer shot himself in the leg and now is in the middle of drug investigation.

Police officer accidentally shoots himself in the leg overnight (http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/news/22003_local_copshoot.html)

By James Irby
ABC13 Eyewitness News
(2/20/03) — A Dallas police officer found himself at the center of a drug investigation here in Houston Thursday morning.

He caught the attention of local police when he shot himself just after 10 pm Wednesday night. The Dallas police officer is being treated for a gunshot wound to the leg at Ben Taub Hospital, where he's expected to be OK.

The off-duty Dallas officer was visiting a relative in northwest Houston. Both men were apparently sitting in a car when things turned bad. Authorities say they were twirling a gun when it discharged, striking the officer's leg.

Demetrick Pennie is a night patrolman for the Dallas police department.

Crime scene investigators did find a substance in the car they are pills believed to be Ecstasy. Police say the relative has a history of arrests, including burglary, gun violations and assault.

No arrests have been made in this particular case.

Drizzt
February 22, 2003, 01:43 AM
Officer examining gun shoots himself in leg

By S.K. BARDWELL
Houston Chronicle

A Dallas police officer visiting a relative in northwest Houston accidentally shot himself in the leg while looking at the relative's handgun, authorities said.

The incident occurred about 10 p.m. in the 1800 block of Dolly Wright, where Dallas patrol officer Demetrick Devoyd Pennie, 25, was sitting in a car with his relative.

The witness told police Pennie was handling a Colt .45 caliber handgun when it discharged, striking him in the leg.

Pennie was taken to Ben Taub Hospital. His wound is not life-threatening, officials said.

Some pills in the car were tested and found to be the illegal drug Ecstasy, police said. No charges have been filed yet, however.

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/story.hts/metropolitan/1787463

:o OOPS!

DadOfThree
February 22, 2003, 02:05 AM
At least he only shot himself. Nobody else had to get hurt or killed. That should be about the end of a short career. Shooting yourself in a car that also contained illegal drugs. :scrutiny:

Croyance
February 22, 2003, 02:31 AM
Good thing he wasn't looking down the barrel to see if it was loaded.

El Tejon
February 22, 2003, 06:59 AM
We'll wait and see what happened. Why do these things always happen in cars?

That's why that "hand over yer hawglaig" law down there is so frightening. The way some po-po handle weapons I'm surprised it does not happen more.:(

Coronach
February 22, 2003, 08:57 AM
Anyone think there's more to this story? I sure do. :scrutiny:

Mike

Smoke
February 22, 2003, 09:13 AM
EL T:

what "hand over yer hawglaig" law?

Greg L
February 22, 2003, 09:24 AM
At least they admited (or were found out) to screwing around with the pistol when it fired insteard of the usual "I don't know what happened, it just went off" :rolleyes:

Still, something smells here.

Greg

El Tejon
February 22, 2003, 09:34 AM
Smoke, part of the carry reform law in Tejas includes a provision that you must declare yer, big, ol' hawglaig and if John Law wants, he can take it from you. Don't know how often this transpires but I would think based on the weapon handling skills (or lack of skill) that the average po-po has that it endangers far more police officers than the writers of this legislation thought it would.

4v50 Gary
February 22, 2003, 10:57 AM
Let's see, the relative is dirty and has a gun? I wonder if there are any convictions on the fellow. Too bad the report didn't see whose car it was either. Officer Pennie could raise a defense that it was "cuz's" stuff and not his.

Smoke
February 22, 2003, 11:07 AM
The only time I have to disclose to LEO that I have a CHL is if they ask for my ID. They can disarm me if they feel I'm a threat.

I have been stopped a couple of times and haven't been disarmed yet.

If I was a cop, I would want the law to state I have the right to disarm ANYONE if I think they are a threat.

I have no problem with that particular law as it is written.

Baba Louie
February 22, 2003, 11:07 AM
"Twirling a gun"???????

Darwin lives.

Beyond Belief!

And the good citizens of TX depend on persons if this ilk to protect and serve?

Thanks Cuz.

"Twirling a gun"???????

Ohmygawd.

(duplicate thread in Legal and Political)

Adios

DeltaElite
February 22, 2003, 11:24 AM
I'm sure they weren't his drugs. :rolleyes:

He needs to be indicted and fired from the dept.
What a moron.
It makes me sick to go into work each day with filth like this in my ranks. :barf:

Don Gwinn
February 22, 2003, 11:26 AM
Aw, relax. That's probably just his "Drop X" for use when teenagers get too big for their britches.

Roadkill Coyote
February 22, 2003, 06:07 PM
So we can just simplify things and refer to this incident as the agony and the ecstasy?:rolleyes:

JackShandy
February 22, 2003, 07:11 PM
As has been mentioned before, guns don't simply "go off". This guy, without checking to see if the Colt was loaded, pulled the trigger.

Coronach
February 22, 2003, 11:09 PM
I merged the duplicate threads. I hope it didn't disrupt the continuity TOO much.

Mike

firestar
February 22, 2003, 11:16 PM
I love stories like this.:D

Sounds like fate caught up with a crooked and stupid cop. I hope that is the end of that piece of trash. I can't believe people like this have power over us.:rolleyes:

waterdog
February 22, 2003, 11:22 PM
Sounds like a dirty cop to me.

waterdog

bad_dad_brad
February 23, 2003, 12:00 AM
You all know the type. Morons. No intellegent man when sober ever had an AD.

F4GIB
February 23, 2003, 01:29 AM
The last time I was stopped by a police officer while I was carrying a Colt .45, he had the good sense to hand it back to me so I could unload it. I guess he felt safer with it in my hands.

Coronach
February 23, 2003, 02:44 AM
Bad_Dad_brad...

I think what everyone is objecting to are the facts that he was, allegedly, playing with the gun, and that there were, allegedly, controlled substances in the car. All of this adds up to a big fat :scrutiny: in my book.

Mike

Matt G
February 23, 2003, 04:59 AM
Anyone taking bets on whether it's too early to begin using the the modification "heretofore" to Mr. Pennie's "officer" status? ;)

Redlg155
February 23, 2003, 10:43 AM
Something stinks in this entire situation. I suspect that he will be charged with misconduct or something of the sort and eventually be shown the door. That's the very least I expect if the story is 100 percent true.

A Dallas police officer visiting a relative in northwest Houston accidentally shot himself in the leg while looking at the relative's handgun, authorities said.

If this is true then he knew the relative was a felon in possesion of a firearm and instead of arresting him, they decided to have fun with the weapon in the car, eventually shooting himself in the leg.:rolleyes:

He's screwed.

Good SHooting
Red

Blackhawk
February 23, 2003, 11:17 AM
Demetrick Pennie is a night patrolman for the Dallas police department.I think the tense of that is going to change pretty quick with him becoming a "former" night patrolman.... :rolleyes:

Selfdfenz
February 23, 2003, 12:51 PM
Nother sheetrock deal, gone bad.
I hope they can find some reason to keep him in Houston. Sorry Houston.

S-

Greybeard
February 23, 2003, 01:19 PM
El Tejon Quote: That's why that "hand over yer hawglaig" law down there is so frightening. The way some po-po handle weapons I'm surprised it does not happen more.

Fortunately, most departments realize that the fewer times that an LEO has to handle a CHL person's handgun, the lower the probability of an ND. I've had several interactions with various LEOs since the law went into effect over seven years ago and have yet to have an LEO lay a finger on one of my guns. After seeing the license, some of 'em have asked where the gun was, but at least two officers that I recall did not even feel a need to do that. :) I suspect it might have just a little bit to do with attitude. ;)

El Tejon
February 23, 2003, 01:51 PM
Greybeard, that's what I thought. I have horrific images of coppers shooting themselves or others in all that gunhandling. I remember my LE range all too well [shudder].

Double Naught Spy
February 23, 2003, 06:35 PM
Bad Dad Brad, few men ever had an AD, sober or intelligent. In fact, ADs are extremely rare. The incident here would be a ND, not AD. Intelligent and sober folks still manage to have NDs. IQ or book learning does not mean you won't do something stupid, unsafe, or carelessly.

COHIBA
February 23, 2003, 08:37 PM
I love it. cop trading seized extasy to his dirty cousin for a throwdown pistol and shoots/gets shot in the leg. you'd think the idiot would've disposed of the X before more cops showed.

BamBam-31
February 23, 2003, 09:18 PM
That's it. I've come to the conclusion that Colt .45's are prone to ND's. All firearms should have 10-12 external, internal, and eternal safeties built in to avoid such accidents. What if it were a child twirling that handgun?

I'm going to write my Congressman.

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