I’m sure there are plenty of security guards that take their job seriously. They know what they’re doing. They train with their firearm and know how to use it safely to protect the people and property they’re hired to oversee. It’s pretty evident that Jack Kellogg wasn’t that kind of security guard . . .
Ian Cornett found that out the hard way when Kellogg accidently shot him in the leg back in February. Kellogg and Cornett were in an office building hallway when Kellogg dropped his gun and it fired. Now Cornett is suing both Kellogg and Sig Sauer. In addition to negligence on Kellogg’s part, the suit “claims the gun was defective in that it was able to discharge without anyone pulling the trigger.” Which no one who knows anything about guns will believe.
All of this, as you might expect, raises a few questions. The first and most important is why was Kellogg’s gun out of its holster? Lt. Steven Lewis of the Chesterfield, MO Police Department couldn’t answer that.
Lewis did confirm, though, that the gun was dropped but didn’t know the model of the Sig Kellogg was carrying. He did say “this isn’t a piece of crap gun” and “you can drop that gun on the hammer without it going off.” We do know it was a 9mm, so that would indicate that Kellogg was probably carrying a P226.
The P226 is a hammer-fired SA/DA pistol with a decocker. This isn’t a gun you carry in condition one like a 1911 because there’s no safety. Given the light trigger on the gun with the hammer back, carrying it cocked would be asking for an ND.
While confirming that the gun dropped Lt. Lewis said there were differing stories as to how the gun fired. Putting the pieces together with a healthy bit of educated speculation, here’s my guess as to what happened:
Kellogg had the gun out of his holster for reasons we probably won’t know unless and until the suit goes to trial. Is there something in the St. Louis water? Anyway, ol’ Jack was overcome by butterfingers.
What’s the natural reaction when you drop something? And what’s the worst thing you can do if the thing you drop is a gun? That’s right, you try to catch it. I’d lay odds that’s exactly what Kellogg did.
And he was almost surely carrying the gun with the hammer cocked. How do I know?Because with the hammer forward, the trigger has a very long DA pull like a revolver. It’s almost impossible – even if Kellogg tried to catch it – to cause the gun to fire accidentally. With the hammer cocked, the pressure needed to fire it is negligible.
If the gun had simply fallen and hit the ground, even with the hammer back, there’s almost zero chance it would have fired. Something I’m sure Sig will be demonstrating for the jury. If it gets that far. Which it probably won’t.
But all of this goes back to the original question: why the hell did Kellogg have the gun out of his holster? The more a gun is handled, the higher the chances of an ND. So never try to catch a dropped gun. But feel free to pick it up—carefully—afterwards.