Minneapolis cop's pistol fires injuring retired cop
An off-duty Minneapolis police officer’s gun accidentally discharged Saturday afternoon, wounding a retired St. Paul police officer.
Both men were working security at the Minneapolis Gun Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center when the accident occurred about 1:15 p.m., said Minneapolis police spokesman Sgt. Jesse Garcia.
The Minneapolis officer was sitting in a chair when the gun holster caught on the chair, Garcia said.
The pistol discharged, and one round hit the floor. The bullet fragmented and hit the 61-year-old retired St. Paul officer in the left leg and in one hand. He suffered minor injuries, and was treated and released Saturday, Garcia said.
The Minneapolis officer was grazed by a bullet fragment, but didn’t seek medical treatment. There were no other injuries.
“It’s a very freak accident,” Garcia said. “We’re fortunate no one was seriously hurt.”
The officer has been with the Minneapolis police department for more than 20 years.
“He feels very bad about it,” Garcia said. “An accident like that is pretty scary.”
Authorities are checking the weapon and holster for possible mechanical problems.
Garcia said that the officer was not disciplined because the incident was an accident. It does not rise to the level of a critical incident in which officers are placed on paid leave pending an investigation.
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