Skip to comments.Police: Hug Triggers Officer's Gun, Kills Woman
Posted on 07/09/2012 8:33:15 AM PDT by pgyanke
A woman celebrating the weekend before her 25th birthday was fatally shot Sunday when she hugged an off-duty police officer while dancing at a party, causing the officers service weapon to fire, according to police and her mother.
According to Stephens, the woman embraced the officer from behind, causing the holstered weapon to accidently discharge. The bullet punctured Millers lung and hit her heart, and she died at a hospital.
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How, exactly does a holstered weapon (pointed down) fire accidentally (trigger protected to prevent accidents or bad guys) and hit a woman in the lung who is hugging the officer from behind? Unless she was hugging his knees and reached up for his waist, this just seems so incredibly unlikely.
Maybe it was in one of those “Miami Vice” shoulder holsters, where the muzzle is pointed to the rear of the wearer.
Shoulder holster under his left arm, when she hugged him it rotated slightly.
Off duty guy probably went to push it back up or similar and poof?
/ end obvious speculation.
Went off at the slightest touch.....
Betting the weapon was “streamlined” to an unsafe extent.
Cops aren’t supposed to do that, and most have policies against lightening the trigger pull.
My thoughts exactly. I carry a S&W 4506 in a Galco “Miami Classic.” However, I still don’t see how she managed to hit the trigger. I can’t begin to imagine how that happened. Furthermore, there is, of course, a strap that slides between the hammer and the firing pin, exactly like what you have on a hip, duty holster. Whole thing seems strange to me.
In January at my concealed carry class, the instuctor went over the various holster options. I’ve owned a shoulder holster like this officer has, for years. I was surprised when my instructor pointed out a few drawbacks of this type of holster. One was you are always pointing the end of the barrel somewhere that is not directly into the ground, it is pointed at a somewhat higher angle than that. As your body moves around, the pointing also moves in a sweeping manner behind you. He mentioned the remote possibility of an accidental discharge while holstered.
This poor woman must have been a lot shorter than the officer. Hard to say how the accidental discharge took place, but that’s why it’s called accidental.
I like my shoulder holster. The drawbacks of a purse-carry are too great, I’d never do that (yes I am a woman). I like how the shoulder holster keeps the weapon very close to the body.
Can’t believe I didn’t think of a shoulder holster...
Hugs are better than slugs.................
Only police should have guns because ...
In a proper holster the trigger guard is usually covered and/or a safety strap holds the weapon. If the weapon was indeed a 1911 style carried with ‘cocked and locked’, the grip safety should have prevented the discharge. Something seems fishy about the whole story. If it were a civilian, and the safeties were disabled, the person would be chastised and probably charged with a crime, yet the cop is getting a pass from the media morons and the unsuspecting public.
Probably one of them there safe action Glocks. Only way for a gun to go off is to pull the trigger. Poor lady.
OT but I used to like MythBusters until I found out they love 0. I prefer shoulder holsters and my autos point back and revolvers down.
Sounds bogus. How does a pistol fire unless it is cocked?
I use nothing but revolvers.
I woudn’t have an automatic for anything.
Revolvers are tried and true.They don’t go off without help and they don’t jam.
True, they don’t have as many bullets, but I don’t plan on being around much after firing 6 rounds anyway.
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Let Freedom Ring,
This sounds bogus.
A Boston blog written by an AP Science writer
about something that happened in Detroit.
I'm guessing the the off duty officer modified his
Jackass rig by removing the trigger guard cover.
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