Skip to comments.Rookie cop who killed himself removed clip, left bullet in chamber
Posted on 08/15/2007 6:19:19 PM PDT by walkerk
The San Francisco rookie police officer who accidentally shot himself to death fired his weapon while displaying for a female friend how officers are taught to avoid having their guns used against them, law enforcement authorities said Tuesday.
The incident happened at 1:40 a.m. Saturday during a gathering of as many as 15 people at the San Mateo apartment of the 23-year-old officer, James Gustafson Jr.
According to those familiar with the incident, Gustafson was showing his Police Department-issued semiautomatic pistol after removing the clip that stores the rounds. He explained that there are ways an officer can disable a weapon in close proximity to keep it from being fired.
It apparently was part of a demonstration of the department's "weapons retention" procedures. However, there was still a bullet in the chamber.
Gustafson pointed the weapon at his neck and pulled the trigger, shooting himself, according to authorities.
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Sounds like he was playing with his gun at a party.
How about the "gun is always to be considered loaded, never point your weapon at something you aren't willing to destroy, fire only when you can identify your target and what lies behind it...
SF Police..... sad. If this was at a party, do you think that alcohol might have been involved?
I think he probably left a bit more of an impression on her than he intended.
All right class... How many of the 4 cardinal rules of safe firearms handling were violated in this incident?
Typical broke-diche press. A ‘clip’ is used in a rifle such as the M-1 Garand. And the poor officer that killed himself is another casualty of departments that do not stress realistic training in the handling of firearms.
It did happen in the emerald city...
On semi-autos you have to remove the magazine, then cycle the action to clear the chamber.
Oh Good Lord. Young guy impressing a girl. Probably alcohol, forgot to check the chamber. What a waste. Prayers for his loved ones.
It’s scary how little firearms training some LEOs receive. He should not have been graduated without knowing better than to pull a stunt like that. He probably thought he was well trained.
Well, at least they said “rounds” instead of bullets.
I for one would feel much safer if our noble legislators would condescend to provide the public with more restrictive gun control laws! /s
I would guess that the guy was never around guns before he became a cop. Having grown up in a house full of guns and been taught the basics from the time I could walk, I can’t even imagine doing this. I could take the magazine out, check the chamber 10 times, and I would still probably be mentally unable to force myself to point a gun at my neck and pull the trigger
Of course, they used “bullet” in the headline.
Oh my Barney, had a jailhouse
Had a key but couldn’t lock it
Had a bullet for his pistol
Had to keep it in his pocket!
Yep, good thing it didn’t have a case, primer, and powder. It could have been thrown at a house in Irag.