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Brooklyn Detention Center (courtesy

“City probers are investigating a correction officer who suffered a gunshot wound to the leg when his service weapon accidentally discharged inside a Brooklyn jail,” reports. “Correction Officer John Santiago inadvertently fired a round into his left leg as he was holstering his gun inside the Brooklyn Detention Complex at 11:22 a.m. Saturday, records show. It was not clear why he had removed the gun. All department shootings are reviewed. Santiago was taken to Bellevue Hospital and is listed in stable condition.” So, Santiago is left-handed, ham-fisted and prone to playing with his pistol. When review time rolls around I reckon he won’t have a leg to stand on. So to speak. [h/t JT]

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  1. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the inmates. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago’s shooting, while tragic, probably saved lives.

    • No dogs were killed at least, and no one else got hurt. A few years back there was an “accidental” discharge involving the Easton, PA police where an officer was killed by another officer in the headquarters building. Much speculation went on about that for a long time. As I recall, the irresponsible gun owner lost his job and got sued by the family afterwards. No dogs were harmed that time either.

    • I worked at the Iowa State Pen., for 20 years, and the officer involved, will catch hell for years to come. Both inmates a staff will ride him like a cheap pony. I carried on escorts to hospital runs and on escapee hunts, (usually walk aways ) and you never unholstered a pistol inside. What a maroon !!!

  2. “Prone to playing with his pistol”. Playing with the other one would result in charges of indecent behavior.

  3. Service weapon accidentally discharges.


    Time to ban all service weapons, too many are discharging!

    Since it doesn’t say the officer f@&$ed up, it must be a firearm problem.

    When a civilian has a negligent discharge they are sometimes charged with a crime. How about the same for cops?

    • Yeah, I mean, really! Remember, someone was injured! An OFFICER was injured! The shooter must be punished.

  4. Is it just me or does there seem to be more and more “accidental” discharges anymore? I mean, was it always like this and we just hear about more because of the speed of technology?

  5. If I was a betting man I’d say he was probably holstering at the beginning of a shift. Still, he should be recognized for facing down the danger and surviving an armed confrontation. There’s a joke in here somewhere about shooting a dog…

  6. “City probers…”

    At first, I wondered how you get a job as a city prober. Then I decided I didn’t want to know.

  7. He was probably holstering after leaving lockup. All officers turn in their firearms prior to going anywhere other than intake.

    • In just about all of them. They are just not allowed in the secured areas. You secured your weapon in the sally port area before proceeding beyond the secured portion of the facility. I did it for years.

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