The following video is quite old…
Only in America, right?
Wrong, apparently. A police control room operator is currently suing Thames Valley Police after being shot with a 44 Magnum during a demonstration by firearms officers from the force.
I’ve been to these talks. They are designed to give staff in the control room an insight into guns. Many of them will need to control incidents involving guns and will never even have seen one. Typical of these talks is where the firearms officer gets out an array of weapons and, after checking their safety, hands them round so people can see what they look like, what they feel like, how difficult it is to tell the difference between a real gun, a fake & a toy.
Apparently, a gun went off during the talk & shot one of the audience. Thankfully, he wasn’t killed but is now suing the force for Ã‚Â£300,000.
The report says the firearms officers giving the talk didn’t realise the weapon was loaded.
Food for thought….I might stand at the back next time I have to attend one of these talks. (in a different building….far, far away)