You at least have to give the San Antonio PD props for honesty. The vast majority of officer-involved negligent discharges are compliantly reported by local media, providing convenient stenography services for the local 5-0 and listing the officer involved as “unidentified.” And that’s all you ever hear about it. But after a San Antonio copter pilot blew a hole in his hand on Wednesday, the cop shop named names. The fly-boy with the see-through left hand is Officer Daniel Dominguez . . .
Here’s mysanantonio.com’s description of the result of Officer Dominguez’s Rule Two (at a minimum) violation:
Dominguez took his duty pistol, a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson, from his on-duty holster, which was attached to his flight vest, according to police. He was transferring it to his off-duty leather shoulder holster, which was hanging from a hook on the right side of his locker, police said.
Dominguez told supervisors he was holding the holster with his left hand and trying to insert the pistol when it went off. The bullet went through the bottom of the holster and through the bottom of Dominguez’s left hand, below his little finger.
We’re glad to hear that Officer Dominquez should make a full recovery. And while we don’t intend to heap insult on top of injury (much) we’ll be sending him some commemorative hardware he can keep in his locker. Maybe be more than decorative and catch the next stray round he lets loose.