Connersville, Indiana Police Chief Involved in Accidental Shooting for Second Time in 15 Years - That We Know Of
Connersville, Indiana Police Chief David Counceller
Local news reports
The police chief's department-issue Glock 23 handgun accidentally fired, while he was shopping for a separate weapon.
"The store owner asked me if I was hit. I felt some burning," Counceller said.
He added, "I asked a paramedic to put a bandage on my wound, and I drove myself to the hospital. It was a superficial wound."
"I don't have to be in an accident. I get ribbed all the time. It's part of the job," Counceller said.
The shooting in January was the second time Counceller had to deal with an accidental shooting.
In January 1999, he shot his hand while repairing a .380 automatic handgun, which he says had a retaining pin that kept falling off. Counceller says he was unaware that there was a bullet in the weapon's chamber.
"I felt pretty stupid, but it was my fault. I was not paying attention," he said.
Counceller rose through the ranks of the Connersville Police Department, which he joined in 1980. He's been police chief for the past seven years.