An Off-Duty Kentucky Officer accidentally shoots himself fumbling with his pistol.
For one reason or another, the officer is seen removing his pistol from his holster and attempting to put it in his pocket. Why you would take your gun out, a) in public – although he was alone with his spouse; you never draw your weapon anywhere but a designated area, or in a safe place and b) attempt to store it in a pocket is completely beyond me.
As the Officer attempts to place the gun into his pocket, he discharges the weapon and ends up shooting himself. This Officer unfortunately used up his two strikes, and the third pitch put a round into his side.
“He was transitioning the holster and transitioning the gun out of his holster. He was going to carry it in his hand as they walked to the car,” Cincinnati Capt. Michael John told WLWT. “As he was pulling the gun from the holster, a round discharged, ricocheted in the elevator, struck him in the stomach.”[From The Huffington Post]
The above quote, referenced from an article on the incident by the Huffington Post has me completely baffled. Firstly, there was no ricochet, at least that I could see, it looked like he point blank shot himself. Secondly, I have seen some terrible transitions on the range, but this by far must be the worst. If he had intended to transition to his pocket, and again why do this when you have a holster designed to house the gun, after struggling so much, put the cake down and do it properly.
This incident leaves me scratching my head truly, and thankfully the Officer will recover, his pride, probably long after his physical wounds have healed though.
This may be an example of how complacency or over-comfortability can lead to serious injury.
Train well, train often