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Child shoots SWAT officer at reading event
September 5, 2013 at 5:23 PM
Child shoots SWAT officer at reading event

Yes, this really happened:
A Lodi Police SWAT officer had a Glock .35 with a flashlight in his thigh holster at a children’s reading event when a boy managed to pull the trigger and shoot the officer.
How was the child able to fire the weapon? The gun did not have a safety mechanism.
The officer was showing off the department’s SWAT truck, vest and other gear at a children’s event called Reading Roundup on Aug. 24.

“A small child, witnesses tell us was 6 to 8 years old, was able to walk up to the officer and was able to pull the trigger.”

The bullet hit the officer’s leg. He was taken to the hospital for a minor injury and released

Police department officials are hoping the child's family comes forward because they still haven't been able to interview the child or his parents.

Video report here.

Replies

  • pamelax3
    September 5, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    I am gun owner, why would you take a gun without a safety to a childrens event

  • jakesmom323
    September 5, 2013 at 5:29 PM
    Officers fault......It is not the child's fault and glad it did not shoot or kill anyone. Adults with guns are responsible for the safety around children and the public. His fault.
  • rfurlongg
    September 5, 2013 at 5:30 PM
    Why did it not have a safety?
  • smurfbitebug
    September 5, 2013 at 5:31 PM
    Why do they even need to question the kid or his/her family? Pretty cut and dry.. what? They think the kid had intent? Lol no more intent than "Oh look, a lever.."
  • v2011
    by v2011
    September 5, 2013 at 5:51 PM


    Thats what I was thinking....

    Quoting smurfbitebug:

    Why do they even need to question the kid or his/her family? Pretty cut and dry.. what? They think the kid had intent? Lol no more intent than "Oh look, a lever.."



  • LauraKW
    by LauraKW
    September 5, 2013 at 8:31 PM
    That was dumb.
  • jllcali
    by jllcali
    September 5, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Mobile Photo

  • cjsbmom
    by cjsbmom
    September 5, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Agreed. 

    Quoting jakesmom323:

    Officers fault......It is not the child's fault and glad it did not shoot or kill anyone. Adults with guns are responsible for the safety around children and the public. His fault.


  • sweet-a-kins
    September 6, 2013 at 5:40 AM
    Gee I can't wait for teachers to be packing so there are more guns in school


    Eye roll
  • Healthystart30
    September 6, 2013 at 6:31 AM
    And im sure this officer has more training then all the people being put into schools with guns! Scary