“A [unnamed] Lodi Police SWAT officer had a Glock 35 with a flashlight in his thigh holster at a children’s reading event when a boy managed to pull the trigger and shoot the officer,” sacramento.cbslocal.com reports. “The officer was showing off the department’s SWAT truck, vest and other gear at a children’s event called Reading Roundup on Aug. 24. ‘A small child, witnesses tell us was 6 to 8 years old, was able to walk up to the officer and was able to pull the trigger.'” The bullet hit the officer’s leg causing a minor injury—and a lot of freaked-out kids. TTAG reader Hasdrubal responds to the SWAT guy’s negligent discharge (ND) . . .
“As strange as the story a few days ago sounded when a school officer was reported for an ND and claimed keys got wedged in his holster, this one may be even worse. Not just because someone was injured in this incident (though I don’t expect much sympathy because it was the officer who was injured), but because it has happened before.
“This is a known issue, which was first brought to my attention in a department email a few months ago regarding the same thing happening, again with a Glock, and again with a holster sized for use of a weapon mounted light. It wasn’t in my own department, and I can’t find the email now because I carry a 1911 and didn’t give it much thought- pull the trigger on my sidearm and it will only fire if you defeat the two mechanical safeties that aren’t located directly on the trigger . . .
“As near as I can tell, there is no way to prevent this except situational awareness and keeping other people’s hands away from your gun. Sounds obvious, doesn’t it? Another reason I don’t expect much sympathy.”
Hasdrubal adds, “This is my own duty belt, with a similar holster to the one I was warned about. Safariland, don’t remember the model. You can actually see the trigger pretty clearly in this photo, and the gap measures about 3/4.
“This is easily enough space to put my own finger inside and pull the trigger. A child’s hand should be an even easier fit, which makes a very obvious point to me. Just as we do not trust mechanical safety devices on the weapon itself to prevent an ND, we do not trust mechanical safety devices on the holster either.
“Situational awareness is not limited to spotting the attacker. It covers everything.”