“Clay (County) Sgt. Matthew Magish was off duty and standing in line with his son and the boy’s maternal grandparents at the front counter inside Wendy’s, 2530 Blanding Blvd., [Middleburg, Florida] when the accident occurred shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday,” jacksonville.com reports. The “accident” in question being a negligent discharge, obviously. Or is it? “He had been carrying his personal .380-caliber Kel-Tec semiautomatic pistol inside the right front pocket of his pants, when it went off. Magish said his son ‘stuck his hand into his pocket looking for a snack and that the firearm had discharged,’ Deputy J.R. Holmes wrote in the incident report.” A proper pocket holster with a trigger guard would have helped that . . .
The two female customers told Holmes they were standing in line ahead of Magish and his family at the front counter when they hear a loud noise. One woman said she felt something hit her left ankle and right thigh area. She had red marks where the fragments hit her. The second woman said she felt something hit her right ankle and upper left arm. Her ankle had a red mark and there was a small amount of blood on her arm, according to Holmes’ report.
Both women said when they turned around after hearing the shot, they saw the boy had an injury to his foot, and his father had a hole in his pants pocket.
The restaurant floor wasn’t damaged, nor was any other property. Sheriff’s Office crime scene technicians collected several bullet fragments from the scene, according to the report.
Magish remains on duty as investigation continues into the accident, said [Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Mary] Justino, who declined further comment.
Why am I not surprised by the lack of blowback, and my inability to find a jpeg of Sgt. Magish? TTAG will do its bit to remind Sgt. Magish of this sneak snack attack with our customary IGOTD hardware. Just don’t let the kid futz with it, m’kay?