Another UK cop shoots himself


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Fred West
July 23, 2008, 05:01 AM
http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/headlines/display.var.2405395.0.police_officer_shot_by_own_weapon.php

Police officer shot by own weapon
A WILTSHIRE police officer was airlifted to hospital after accidentally shooting himself in the hand.

The firearms officer, who has not been named, received a gunshot wound as he was cleaning a weapon at Wiltshire Police headquarters in Devizes.

He was airlifted to Frenchay Hospital, in Bristol, for treatment.

A force spokesman said the incident happened in a secure area at police headquarters and nobody else was injured.

It is being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

A Wiltshire Police spokesman said: "A firearms officer sustained a gunshot wound to his hand believed to be as a result of the unintentional discharge of his weapon during a cleaning process at the end of his tour of duty.

"No-one else was injured as a result of this incident.

"This incident occurred within a sterile safety area on police premises and no members of the public were endangered at any time.

"This incident has been referred to the IPCC, which is mandatory with all incidents of this nature and an investigation has commenced."

8:26am Tuesday 22nd July 2008


This is getting to be a habit.
Apparently it discharged whilst he was cleaning it. Yeah, right. Everyone says that after an ND. More likely he was messing around or showing off in front of his female colleagues.
I suspect his idea of cleaning it was to give the outside a good polish.
Joking aside, I hope this officer's injuries are not too serious and he makes a complete recovery.

Fred.

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bthest86
July 23, 2008, 05:20 AM
This incident occurred within a sterile safety area

Thank goodness. Otherwise he could have gotten an infection!

Lots of funny terms in that article.

Fred West
July 23, 2008, 05:30 AM
at the end of his tour of duty

Makes it sound like he was fighting insurgents, or at least gun toting gang bangers.
For those of you who don't know, Wiltshire is a fairly rural county with a lower than average crime rate. I imagine his tour of duty involved sitting in a police car eating doughnuts :), but I could be wrong.

Fred.

sacp81170a
July 23, 2008, 05:45 AM
received a gunshot wound as he was cleaning a weapon

I really hate this excuse. "As he was cleaning" means he was in the act of actually wiping it down, scrubbing the bore, etc. What they really mean is "while he was handling it in an unsafe manner while preparing to/immediately after cleaning it." The very first step in cleaning is "make sure it's not loaded." If you miss that, you're not cleaning yet, you're breaking safety rules. :banghead:

FCFC
July 23, 2008, 06:30 AM
In reportings such as this I always wish they would specify the make, model and caliber of the gun.

Why they don't do it, I cannot figure out. It's defnitely in the What, Who, When, Why matrix.

In this case, I'm forced to guess it was a GLOCK. But it's just a guess.

La Pistoletta
July 23, 2008, 06:36 AM
How hard can it be to push the mag release and rack the slide?

El Tejon
July 23, 2008, 10:17 AM
Often when the coppers say "he was clearning his weapon", the media will report "cleaning his weapon".

Methinks/mewouldguess agency SOP is to clear weapon in sand barrel and then lock in armory at end of shift. UK copper forget to unload before decocking his Glock.

lance22
July 23, 2008, 10:17 AM
"Well Regulated". People who do not have a background cannot be "well regulated" as to bearing arms. You can give these people a firearm but that doesn't mean they will "work well" with them.

Calibre44
July 23, 2008, 01:35 PM
Frenchay Hospital is 2 miles from where I live had I have known, I would have popped around to give him a copy of the 4 Rules for some bedtime reading, and also taken the opportunity to thank him for inspiring such a belief in me that our Firearms Officers are competent enough to look after my safety when I am deemed by my Gov not to be:rolleyes:

AndyC
July 23, 2008, 01:44 PM
Often when the coppers say "he was clearing his weapon", the media will report "cleaning his weapon".
That was my first thought, too.

John G
July 23, 2008, 01:52 PM
Police officer shot by own weapon

Ah, the officer didn't shoot himself after all. He was shot by his weapon. Case closed.

Cosmoline
July 23, 2008, 01:55 PM
Thank goodness. Otherwise he could have gotten an infection!


They really do view firearms as a form of pathogen over there. They believe if you let them loose they will breed and multiply. Though truth be told when I look at my own collection it *does* seem to get larger on its own.

Mrs. Armoredman
July 23, 2008, 01:59 PM
A Wiltshire Police spokesman said: "A firearms officer sustained a gunshot wound to his hand believed to be as a result of the unintentional discharge of his weapon during a cleaning process at the end of his tour of duty.



Yeah right. I hate that excuse. He doesn't seem like the kind of person that would not unload his gun before cleaning it. Or would he? :confused:

Rokyudai
July 23, 2008, 02:13 PM
Ok let's go easy on the poor guy. He needs a hand now more then ever.
:evil::rolleyes:

El Tejon
July 23, 2008, 02:15 PM
Mrs., what I've seen cops do at the end of shift is John Wayne the pistol out of the holster as they are tired and a support hand will go a-wanderin' instead of being up on the chest where it belongs.

Methinks he John Wayned it out, his support hand went forward and then then "decocked" the Glock to either clean it or put it in the police armoury. Even even Wiltshire *chirp, chirp*, cops get tired and distracted and things break apart.

Caipirinha
July 23, 2008, 02:50 PM
I've always found it's much easier to clean my guns when they're empty.

30 cal slob
July 23, 2008, 03:53 PM
you know, somebody should keep a running scrap book of UK cop ND's.

pharmer
July 23, 2008, 09:58 PM
When you must clear your weapon after EVERY shift, ND potential doubles each time. Most cops here do it when they have to= a lot less ND's. G*d forbid a Brit cop has a loaded gun off duty. Joe

CWL
July 23, 2008, 10:08 PM
Sounds like a Glock.

You need to press the trigger as part of the disassembly process. Why a bullet was still chambered...well, I guess he learned his lesson.

yesit'sloaded
July 23, 2008, 10:13 PM
At least they did say that it was an unintentional discharge instead of the "OMG it magically went off" that we seem to get here in the states when there is an ND.

Wopasaurus
July 23, 2008, 10:16 PM
Ok let's go easy on the poor guy. He needs a hand now more then ever.

TOO SOON!!!!!


;)

romeo212000
July 24, 2008, 01:41 AM
WHY WAS THIS GUY CLEANING A LOADED GUN? Leave it to the Euros

Titan6
July 24, 2008, 07:41 AM
Police officer shot by own weapon

Those crazy weapons, always acting up.

alex_trebek
July 24, 2008, 08:29 AM
Police officer shot by own weapon
Those crazy weapons, always acting up.

I blame society, and lack of parenting. Maybe if we give them all hugs, and loving homes it would stop?

sig2022shooter
July 24, 2008, 08:40 AM
is it just me or does an airlift for a shot to the hand seem like a bit much?

Picard
July 24, 2008, 11:04 AM
Yup, even the cops should be disarmed. That's the message that I'm getting from this.

alistaire
July 24, 2008, 11:10 AM
In reportings such as this I always wish they would specify the make, model and caliber of the gun.

Why they don't do it, I cannot figure out. It's defnitely in the What, Who, When, Why matrix.

In this case, I'm forced to guess it was a GLOCK. But it's just a guess.
If they reported "what" it would be "a deadly assault rifle".

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