The old gun-must-have-malfunctioned excuse is always a laugh.Reading police detectives are investigating an accidental shooting that wounded a Berks County deputy sheriff Monday morning in a courthouse office.
Police said Deputy John Parsons suffered a leg wound in the accident, which happened about 9:45 in the sheriff's warrants division office on the 17th floor."We're not sure, but it sounds like the weapon or the holster malfunctioned," Sheriff Eric J. Weaknecht said.
In a prepared statement Weaknecht released later in the day he said the training exercise involved determining if a new department-issued holster was susceptible to a suspect reaching inside the holster and pulling the trigger.
"The objective of the training exercise was to prevent a scenario such as this from happening," Weaknecht said. "During the training process, another sheriff's deputy was able to reach over and grab Deputy Parson's weapon, at which time Deputy Parson's gun accidentally discharged.
"Both deputies unloaded their weapons prior to the training exercise, a department requirement."
Both Parsons and the other deputy involved in the accident are certified firearms instructors, Weaknecht said.
What's your opinion? Isn't it hard to believe that a trained firearms instructor can be this negligent? That's what I think.
Administrative duties, no gun, that's my suggestion.
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