“Edgewater Florida police officer Timothy] Huggins and another officer responded to 1924 Kumquat Drive at 8:20 p.m. Tuesday to check on the well-being of residents at the home after a call received from Hillsborough County,” news-journalonline.com reports. “Authorities there said a man called from the Kumquat home and said he had a hostage. The hostage call was a hoax, Mahoney said. The discharge of the firearm occurred as Huggins and a sergeant were escorting Daniel Mease, 25, a Marine veteran, to his car to get identification to verify his name he had given police, a report said.” Click here to read more on the incident. Anyway, an official investigation followed . . .
According to a statement released Wednesday, the AR-15 carried by Officer Timothy Huggins was discharged by a key ring attached to Huggins’ duty belt when it became lodged inside the trigger guard of the rifle.
“We had the officer come in and simulated his actions as they occurred that night at the scene,” Edgewater police Capt. Joe Mahoney said.
Although the report of the findings is not ready, officials are confident the key ring was the cause of the discharge, Mahoney said.
“Were pretty much certain that the key ring was the only thing that could have caused it,” Mahoney said.
As a result of the accidental discharge of the AR-15, officers are no longer permitted to wear key rings on the exterior of their uniforms, Mahoney said.
And there I was thinking that all AR-15s have a thing called a safety. A device that helps prevent a negligent discharge, no matter what gets in the trigger guard (although nothing should get in the trigger guard save a trigger finger at the appropriate time). And that the only time to turn off that safety is when shit gets real. And when the excrement goes back to fantasy mode, one should re-engage that safety.
Was the situation dire enough to require the gun be made ready to run? Not from the way it was described. So I’m getting out ye olde IGOTD hardware. One, for Officer Huggins failing to keep his jangly things away from his rifle’s trigger and two, for not being safe with the firearm’s safety. Am I wrong?