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    Deputy shoots himself in leg

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    Sep 9, 7:50 PM EDT

    Deputy shoots himself in leg

    STUART (AP) -- Authorities say a Martin County deputy accidentally shot himself in the leg.

    Deputy Daniel Foote was investigating an assault complaint at a condo complex Monday night, and a woman he was questioning acknowledged that she had a gun in her vehicle. When Foote went to remove the .38 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver from the trunk, authorities say the gun discharged and hit him in the left leg.

    Martin County Fire Rescue transported Foote to a hospital. A spokeswoman for the sheriff's office says the deputy's injuries are not life threatening.

    No charges have been filed, and authorities are still investigating the incident.
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    Revolvers don't just go off by themselves. Unless it was already cocked even just resting your finger on the trigger shouldn't set it off, not that the officers finger should have been on the trigger.

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    Sounds like the deputy might be in need of a good flashlight. Ouch!

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    another A.D. i hate when that happens.
    what are those 4 rules again???

    hopefully he will fully recover and
    maybe learn a lesson.
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    Glad he is OK. 4 rules indeed.

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    Why didn't he just leave it in the trunk?
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    That's why I am leery about being disarmed by a cop that probably has 0 knowledge how to unload my weapon safely
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    Really you cannot just make a blanket statement in a scenario like this.
    It is likely that the revolver was cocked.

    Also remember that we keep our firearms in good "working order" and in good mechanical condition. We also (as a rule) own decently high quality firearms.

    However many people do not.

    A cheap, cocked, dirty, or mechanically defective or import revolver could possibly discharge just by being bumped enough to dislodge the sear without a finger on the trigger or the cocked revolver could have had a foreign object (in a cluttered trunk) lodged in the trigger guard.
    In that case simply moving the revolver or picking it up could have easily discharged a cocked revolver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    Really you cannot just make a blanket statement in a scenario like this.
    It is likely that the revolver was cocked.

    Also remember that we keep our firearms in good "working order" and in good mechanical condition. We also (as a rule) own decently high quality firearms.

    However many people do not.

    A cheap, cocked, dirty, or mechanically defective or import revolver could possibly discharge just by being bumped enough to dislodge the sear without a finger on the trigger or the cocked revolver could have had a foreign object (in a cluttered trunk) lodged in the trigger guard.
    In that case simply moving the revolver or picking it up could have easily discharged a cocked revolver.
    And that would still mean he had the barrel pointed at his leg
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    Fumbling around for a firearm in a trunk loaded with other stuff is bad enough. I think leaving it there would've been the best idea, at least until backup arrives and the attention to detail needed could be employed to secure the weapon.

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    Mmmmm..."I'm the only professional here, and I'm the only one here capable of handling this dangerous firearm."

    Where have we heard this before?

    This deputy need some additional school time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter

    A cheap, cocked, dirty, or mechanically defective or import revolver could possibly discharge just by being bumped enough to dislodge the sear [B
    without a finger on the trigger[/B] or the cocked revolver could have had a foreign object (in a cluttered trunk) lodged in the trigger guard.
    In that case simply moving the revolver or picking it up could have easily discharged a cocked revolver.
    OP states Smith and Wesson. Not a POS. Still never seen one "just go off".

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    There's an old saying, "Nothing is impossible for those that don't have to do it."

    In this case, it's easy for us to sit back and take shots at this cop. But we weren't there, we don't have to do his job, we don't know the circumstances, we don't know what might have been taking place when he attempted to remove the gun.

    It may have been pure recklessness on his part or it may have been something that would have been very difficult for him to foresee. After all, if we, as a society as a whole, are so good at foreseeing a potential accident, etc., how come we have so many auto accidents?

    As far as the gun pointing at his leg, any number of things could have caused that including but not limited to his own recklessness. The gun could have bumped something, caught on something, slipped - anything.

    Yet here we are ready to jump on anyone that has an accident with a gun, and in most cases, we know very few details. If harsh critisizm was in any way effective in reducing gun accidents then there shouldn't be any more gun accidents because there's been enough critisizm on this board alone to stop it all.

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    My question...If the weapon was illegally carried or owned will she be charge for the Officers injury?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tangle View Post
    There's an old saying, "Nothing is impossible for those that don't have to do it."

    In this case, it's easy for us to sit back and take shots at this cop. But we weren't there, we don't have to do his job, we don't know the circumstances, we don't know what might have been taking place when he attempted to remove the gun.

    It may have been pure recklessness on his part or it may have been something that would have been very difficult for him to foresee. After all, if we, as a society as a whole, are so good at foreseeing a potential accident, etc., how come we have so many auto accidents?

    As far as the gun pointing at his leg, any number of things could have caused that including but not limited to his own recklessness. The gun could have bumped something, caught on something, slipped - anything.

    Yet here we are ready to jump on anyone that has an accident with a gun, and in most cases, we know very few details. If harsh critisizm was in any way effective in reducing gun accidents then there shouldn't be any more gun accidents because there's been enough critisizm on this board alone to stop it all.

    There, I feel a little better now.
    I feel for the cop but the facts are that he screwed up.

    Maybe he did bump something; or fumbled the pickup but the fact remains that he did not act with the appropriate care.

    If he had, the worst that would happen would be that the gun would have discharged while not pointing at a body part.

    His first thought should have been "I don't know about this gun; it may be defective and be easy to discharge. I must be EXTRA careful".

    I don't feel any better.
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