“An officer’s weapon accidentally fired when a fleeing auto thief’s open car door struck the officer in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood Saturday morning,” ktvu.com reports. In fact, the headline writer reckons Fleeing car thief causes accidental gun discharge by SF officer. You say accidental, I say negligent. Let’s call the whole thing slightly off. Actually, more than slightly. Check this out . . .
The incident occurred around 10:40 a.m. near the intersection of Montgomery and Broadway streets after the officer approached the driver of a parked stolen vehicle, according to San Francisco police spokesman Albie Esparza.
Esparza said upon seeing the officer, the suspect began to drive away. A car door was ajar, and the force of the vehicle accelerating caused it to fly open, hitting the officer and causing the officer’s weapon to fire a round, the spokesman said.
He said he initially thought that a patrol car may have been hit, prompting the officer to fire a round, but later learned that wasn’t the case.
In other words, the SF PD made up a story about the negligent discharge for the media without talking to the officer, then changed the tale when it didn’t quite line-up with the officially official account. Of course, ND story 2.0 still suggests that merely striking a firearm with a car door will cause it to fire, regardless of the location of the officer’s trigger finger at the time of impact.
The officer was unharmed in the incident, which is being investigated by the police department’s Internal Affairs unit, the spokesman said.
Officers later recovered the stolen car nearby in the 700 block of Clay Street. Police found that the vehicle had been punctured by a bullet but no evidence of any injuries, Esparza said.
Judging from this account the police better lock that not-car-safe gun up pronto, and perform tests on similar weapons to see if they share the same obvious defect. Or not. [h/t JLM]