"One Adam-12, One Adam-12, officer down. Suspect described as a fleece jacket. It's armed, dangerous and warm."
A Connersville, Ind. police chief accidentally shot himself in the leg while doing some shopping at a gun store on Saturday, the Indianapolis Star reported.
“I need to pay more attention,” David Counceller said. “I know what the dangers are. It was pure carelessness on my part.”
Now this isn't just some rookie. This is the police chief in Connersville. And here's what I find interesting -- he blames his fleece jacket for the accident. Not his own personal responsibilities of taking all precautions while carrying a loaded weapon in a store. Oh, I amend that to read, a gun shop.
Evidently this "accident" happened while he doing what guys refer to as "dick measuring", pulling out his "weapon" to see how it compared in size to another.
Counceller, who was off-duty at the time, was comparing his 40-caliber Glock handgun with a newer model at Wullf’s Gun Shop. The trouble began when he began to holster his weapon.
“It got tangled in my clothing,” he added, as quoted by the Star. “I was wearing a sweatshirt and a fleece jacket. I felt (the gun) go in the holster and I pushed it, but it was tangled in the material which caused it to discharge. The bullet went into my leg and then into the floor.”
“It was just a little accident. Dave is an excellent marksman [evidently],” Urban [Connersville Mayor] said Monday. “Apparently the Glocks don’t have the trigger safety that they should have.”
Okay, but here's the topper to this bizarre-o story--
The gunshot wound Saturday is not Councellor’s first. Fifteen years ago, Counceller said he accidentally shot himself in his hand.
Was he wearing fleece gloves at that time? It might be a revenge shooting.
So I guess there's multiple lessons to be found in this story. Don't "whip it out" in public. Keep your finger off the safety when holstering your gun. If you shoot yourself once, learn from it. Or just don't wear fleece while packing your Glock. This time the Glock struck one, next time perhaps the Glock will strike two.
Take your pick. But most of all, remember this -- you don't need to be packing when you're going into a gun store. They already have the weapons. You just need cash and an ID -- and maybe not even that. You just need to show you're responsible enough and know how to handle a gun safely. Being a police chief evidently isn't enough.