“Connersville Police Chief David Counceller was shopping at Wulff’s Gun Shop in January, searching for a deal on a handgun,” indychannel.com reports. “Counceller was looking at a .380-caliber handgun and pulled out his Glock 23 to compare it with other gun. After he put the Glock back in his holster, Counceller tugged on his jacket. Within seconds, the Glock fired, striking him in the right leg. The incident was captured on store surveillance cameras.” No joke this – especially for those of us who carry striker fired handgun in outside-the-waistband holsters. I’ve pushed my shirt inside my holster many times. And this drawstring thing is no anomaly . . .
Deputy Steve Cooper, of the Marion County, Ore. Sheriff’s Office, accidentally shot himself in 2005 with his Glock 22.
While getting out of his cruiser, the gun fired, injuring his lower right leg.
“For a day or two, they were thinking of amputation,” he said.
An Oregon State Police investigation cleared Cooper, but blamed his windbreaker’s drawstring for getting caught in the trigger guard.
“When it initially happened, I was certain — there were four people in the car — I was certain someone else had done it. When they told me, ‘No, it was your own gun,’ it was pretty embarrassing,” Cooper said. “If I can prevent it from happening to somebody else, then I can get some good from what’s been a bad situation for me. I’ve got permanent damage to my leg, and my ego and I might as well try to make some good out of it.”
A jacket drawstring was also blamed in an accidental shooting involving a deputy in Louisiana. The deputy was using a Glock 23.
You have been warned. [h/t MR]