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    Gun range accident: Ind. officer fatally shoots fellow officer


    By Tom Wyatt
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    GARY, Ind. A Gary auxiliary police officer was killed Saturday afternoon when a fellow volunteer officer's gun accidentally discharged a bullet into the man's chest.

    Kevin Weaver, 49, died at St. Margaret Mercy Hospital in Dyer. He and two other reserve officers were training at Deb's Gun Range in Hammond, Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller said.

    About 3 p.m., Gary police said Reserve Officer Gerald Horton, 52, was attempting to clear his weapon when Weaver accidentally bumped into Horton, causing Horton's gun to fire a .45-caliber round.

    'A real tragedy' for Gary

    "He was a good officer, a veteran, and a good man," Terry Smith, head of Gary's auxiliary police program, said of Weaver, a Merrillville resident who leaves behind a wife and three children.

    Gary Mayor Rudy Clay, who returned from Washington, D.C., on Saturday afternoon, learned of the shooting after exiting his airplane at Midway Airport.

    "This is just a real tragedy here," Clay said.

    "He was a good man and did some good deeds for a lot of people. His good deeds will live forever."

    Weaver, a reservist since 1990, was a longtime custodian for the Gary School Corp. and owned a cleaning company.

    "He was a hardworking man," Gary police Cmdr. Samuel Roberts said.

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    Not exactly clear how this happened, but it sounds like some of the "basics" were not being followed. As an additional point, how many LEOs (or others) wear body armor on the range?
    A man fires a rifle for many years, and he goes to war. And afterward he turns the rifle in at the armory, and he believes he's finished with the rifle. But no matter what else he might do with his hands - love a woman, build a house, change his son's diaper - his hands remember the rifle.

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    I dont, but probably should.

    The only time I do is when I'm training myself. I want everything as close as possible to the conditions faced on the street.
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    I usually don't wear body armor (IIIA tac vest is what we are issued) on the range either. The times I do, its to train on my draws while wearing it and my thigh holster.

    Sad an officer lost his life and another, likely, his mental well-being.
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    Thoughts and Prayers to the family.
    A horrible trade.

    I am curious, how does LEO training typically get conducted.
    I know when I took a gunsite class they were very very strict about safety, if you did anything remotely unsafe they were on you in a heartbeat.
    Also we were never allowed to clear our weapons until the instructor directed us to do so and they only under very close supervision.
    We actually did have a AD during a clearing, gun was pointing in safe direction so all was well.
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    Always wear body armor, especially at the range. I've looked at more muzzles on the range than on the street.

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    Tubby - ain't that the truth.

    gpsxplr - From this article, it appears that these guys may have been training on their own, at a normal, private range. I can't say for certain, but that is the impression that I get.

    "Normal" police training can vary quite a bit. Many official training events are quite sterile, with all the "cold" range procedures in effect. Some can be quite dynamic, with the attendant increase in risk. It all depends on the unit, the type of training, etc. And then, of course, you have guys conducting training on their own (which this seems to be), which can be anything under the sun.
    A man fires a rifle for many years, and he goes to war. And afterward he turns the rifle in at the armory, and he believes he's finished with the rifle. But no matter what else he might do with his hands - love a woman, build a house, change his son's diaper - his hands remember the rifle.

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    Prayers to the family...

    Curious how someone could be "clearing" their weapon in such a way to cause it to hit someone's chest...

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    How sad. My family's thoughts and prayers go out to the Officer who now has to live with this and the Deceased Officers Family and Friends. Just a horrible situation.
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    It's a real shame when something like this happens that could be avoided by adherance to simple rules.
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    I dont know of anyone that wears their armor unless they are actually on duty in uniform at the range.

    I qualified recently( last month) with State Police, Deputys and various small town cops that dont get awhole lot of range time. It was 102 degrees that day and no one was wearing armour.
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    An awful tragedy and one that should not have happened.
    Regardless condolences to family and all who knew him. RIP
    I'm certain that Officer Horton is not sleeping very well.

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    Sad, sorry to hear this. But, how following basic gun safety procedures, how does one's muzzle get pointed in the direction of another's chest.

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    So very sad.


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