Police Sergeant on our SWAT Team Accidentally Shoots and Kills Himself at Range

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    Police Sergeant on our SWAT Team Accidentally Shoots and Kills Himself at Range

    A 16 year veteran police Sergeant and elite member of our local SWAT team accidentally killed himself at one of our two local shooting ranges Friday.

    He was removing a loaded hunting rifle from his vehicle in the range's parking lot, when the high powered rifle suddenly discharged, killing him almost instantly.

    People here are perplexed at how such an accident could happen to someone with so much experience and expertise with firearms. There has been some speculation as to whether the rifle, described as a bolt action hunting rifle, could have been a Remington 700.

    While Officer Webber was guilty of violating the shooting range's safety rules by handling a loaded weapon in the parking lot, that alone does not explain how such an accident could take place. Especially with someone with as much experience with firearms as Webber.

    The city's entire police department is currently in deep mourning over the loss of one of their most valuable officers.

    Most regrettably, some locals that hate our police department have unfortunately taken this sad occasion to ridicule and criticize the dead officer. It is difficult to imagine how people could bring themselves to behave like that. But there is a very vocal anti-police crowd living here.

    Here is a link to a detailed news report about this sad tragedy:

    http://www.registerguard.com/csp/cms...-officials.csp

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    There really is no reason to keep a loaded weapon in a gun case.

    That' all I'm gonna say about that.
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    My condolences to the family of this officer.
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    Tragic. As for the ignorant comments on the news article, we get the same stuff here on our local news site.

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    It is a sad situation that could have been prevented. RIP Sergeant Webber.
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    Sad to hear such a thing to happen. I too wonder what a chambered weapon was doing in a case, especially a rifle. Perhaps he (or someone else who used it at put it away) forgot to unload it, or something. But also, who knows why his finger was near the trigger, or why the muzzle was anywhere near him. Who knows, all we know is that this tragedy did indeed happen.

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    Officers of the department are now all wearing black sashes across their badges, to honor Sergeant Webber's memory:






    Is it possible that folks just become so comfortable being around guns, that we then become too relaxed in handling them?

    The fact that it was loaded could have been unintentional. He may have well have thought that the gun was unloaded.

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    Mourning Bands have become all to common place in the law-enforcement community lately.
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    My heart goes out to the family of this officer. May he rest in peace.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guantes View Post
    Humans are fallible.
    Yep. We are ALL fallible and with the tools we work, trade and live with, one seemingly innocent mistake can and often does have deadly consequences. RIP Sgt. Webber.

    Perhaps there is some shining light to this though. Perhaps through this incident more people will learn why some of us are asinine about the rules. Perhaps someone can learn from this incident at some point in the future.
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    Sadly, the sick and twisted people who despise firearms and those that resent all authority will use absolutely any incident that involves firearms and a tragedy to further their agenda.
    And so a good man that spends many years of his life trying to make a difference and create a slightly better and safer world slips up one time and becomes instant fodder for ridicule and disdain.
    That is disgusting but, should we ever expect better behavior from folks who are cursed with infantile thought processes, lack of character, & heartless dispositions?
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    What a shame. Sounds like he broke every shooting rule written.
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    It is a very sad situation,Does anyone know what caused the rifle to discharge? I've heard a lot about sbout the Remmington 700's having problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by poppy37 View Post
    It is a very sad situation,Does anyone know what caused the rifle to discharge? I've heard a lot about sbout the Remmington 700's having problems.
    I emailed one of our local TV news stations, and encouraged them to inquire further.

    So little news reporting these days, however, involves any real research being done. But this particular station has been better than others, so I tried to prod them into looking into it further.

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