Sometimes a story’s headline grabs you by the collar and almost makes you read it. In this case, Sevier County Officer’s Gun Discharge Takes Out Store’s Frozen Bologna. If there’s been a better (or more LULZ-inducing) example of headlining in recent months, I haven’t seen it. I don’t know if knoxnews.com’s traffic has increased because of it, but who could possibly avoid clicking on something like that? Especially when it features a gun that just “went off”…
Huskey and Deputy Adam Bohanan, both of the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department, were enjoying a late night bite at Dunn’s Market in Sevierville the night before Thanksgiving. According to the article, the market is something of an unofficial substation and cop hangout. With very little going on, the conversation between the two LEOs turned to whose, er, gun was bigger.
Bohanan started a conversation about the difference in the weight of their semi-automatic service weapons.
Both of the officers carried .40-caliber pistols, Hodges said, but Huskey’s weapon had a longer barrel and a larger magazine.
Huskey removed his weapon from his holster, unloaded it and handed it to Bohanan.
“Shortly after Bohanan handed it back to him and when he went to reload, there was an accidental discharge,” Hodges said.
The .40-caliber round went through a 15-inch computer screen, continued into a nearby cooler and lodged itself in lunchmeat inside the cooler, Hodges said.
Apparently he hadn’t unloaded it all the way, which can be important. So’s keeping your finger off of the trigger when sliding a mag in. Or just about any time, for that matter. It’s always that one in the chamber that trips ’em up, isn’t it? Unfortunately this time an innocent bystander, Mr. Oscar Mayer, paid the price for officer Huskey’s negligence.
Mayer’s condition couldn’t be determined, but it can’t be good after taking a .40 cal through the casing. There’s no word as to whether the store owner will be able to lop off the wounded portion of the lunchmeat and sell the rest to try to recoup some of his losses.
In the mean time, Cpl. Huskey was put on administrative leave without pay following the meat case carnage. He lost eighteen hours of pay and had to be retrained before getting his heater back. So all we can do is try to cheer him up by bestowing our prestigious IGOTD award (which really should be inscribed with the four rules, don’t you think?) on him and hoping that he’s not ostracized by the lunchmeat community after this little mishap.