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Police say it was a negligent discharge

Sounds like bullshit to me.

6 Responses to “Police say it was a negligent discharge”

  1. Mike V. Says:

    First a disclaimer: I’m a cop, have been a long time and I’m a Firearms Instructor as well.

    Now with that part out of the way, there is no was the rifle “just went off.” The safety had to be off and his finger had to be on the trigger. As for the son becoming agitated, most anyone who had a gun go off behind them will become agitated.

    IMHO, the officers handled this call poorly.

  2. JTC Says:

    At least they didn’t try to call it an AD. It was an ND all right, and that cop better be thanking God that it wasn’t an NH.

  3. deadcenter Says:

    JTC, read the article again. They are calling it an accident, as in the gun accidentally fired while the Officer Huggins finger was outside the trigger guard because…magic.

    Okay, not magic, probably something in the city rule book about negligent discharges resulting in Officer Huggins being suspended without pay or being removed from the cool kid club and having to turn in his nifty patrol rifle so it can be issued to someone with the ability to keep booger hook off bang switch while walking across the lawn.

  4. Paul Kisling Says:

    Get this. They ruled that it was his key ring on his belt that pulled the trigger. Think about this. He is holding the pistol grip and a keyring pulls the trigger.

    I want you guys to try and hold an AR like you normally do. Then see where you have to point the barrel in order for you to get the receiver close enough to your belt to touch a key ring.

    The only way I could do it was to hold it against my body mexican style where the barrel was pointed at the ground between my legs slightly aft my crotch. Even then my fist was still in the way.

  5. Geodkyt Says:

    One question:

    Why was the selector not on SAFE? Your thumb can ride the selector, allowing you to snap it off while rolling up to a firing position, even if you are in an aggressive low ready, without costing you ANY time. even if shouldered and “on target”, it only adds about a 1/10th of a second to the reaction cycle to flick it off and fire.

  6. Geodkyt Says:

    A lefty can ride his trigger finger on the selector teh same way, and flick it off en route to the trigger. I mean, it’s an AR, not an AK!