“The Olmsted County [MN] Sheriff’s Office said Sgt. Jon Jacobson [above, left], 40, was conducting a training exercise Thursday about 8:45 a.m. at the Regional Public Safety Training Center at 2116 Campus Drive Southeast,” kttc.com reports. “Jacobson took control of a .38 caliber revolver with blank ammunition after the training exercise.” To review: Sgt. Jacobson was training officers at the Safety Training Center using Simunitions or suchlike, when he “took control” of a revolver. And what, pray tell, does “take control” mean in this context? Take possession, unload, secure in a safe environment? As if . . .
He put it in back of his waistband, and when he went to retrieve his weapon, it got caught on something and discharged. The sheriff’s office said the reaction of the gun powder and gas of the gun did cause serious injury to his buttocks.
Let’s review again: Sgt. Jacobson was training officers at the Safety Training Center using Simunitions or something similar when he tucked a loaded weapon into the back of his pants. He pulled the gun – placing his finger on the trigger and pulling it as he did so – and shot himself in the ass.
At this point you’d be forgiven for thinking that Sgt. Jacobson’s days as a firearms trainer are over. Sgt, Jacobson violated all of the four basic safety rules. That’s not the kind of man you want teaching police officers how, when and where to shoot.
I guess you and I are less forgiving than the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office. Over at postbulletin.com, Capt. Scott Behrns reckons the fact that Jacobson is a training sergeant “goes to show how easy it [a negligent discharge] can happen.”
Jacobson was transported to Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus, and is expected to be released on Friday. The sheriff’s office said Jacobson’s injury is not career ending and he’s in good spirits.
So, after tax-payer-sponsored health care (disability payments to follow), Sgt. Jacobson is happy. And why not? He’s still a key part of the Sheriff’s mission to “Attract, develop, motivate and empower people who demonstrate professional competence, conduct and courage.” Even so, I’m thinking that his IGOTD trophy won’t occupy prime real estate in the Sheriff’s office. Just sayin’ . . .