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An embarrassing day on the job....

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http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/story.php?id=144226&ac=PHnws

Officer shoots himself in foot during raid; 2 people arrested


From staff reports October 31, 2007

A member of a Portland police tactical unit accidentally shot
himself during a raid on a High Street apartment late Tuesday.

The officer, whose name was not released, was hit in the foot by
a round from his M-16 around 8:45 p.m., while 10 members of
the department's special-reaction team made their way up a
sidewalk.

Police were investigating and had not determined whether the
officer accidentally pulled the trigger or his gun malfunctioned,
said Capt. Ted Ross.

Ross said officers shut down a section of the street after the gun
went off. The raid continued while two team members, one a
paramedic, assisted the wounded officer, who was taken to
Maine Medical Center.

Police arrested Scot Stolkner, 34, of Portland, on warrants for
violating conditions of release, carrying a concealed weapon and
two thefts, Ross said. They also arrested Kayla Russo, 21, of
Portland, and charged her with heroin possession.

Police sent the team because they believed Stolkner, who
pleaded guilty to heroin trafficking in 2005, might pose a
danger, Ross said.

Both Stolkner and Russo were cooperative during the arrests, he
said.
 

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Police were investigating and had not determined whether the officer accidentally pulled the trigger or his gun malfunctioned, said Capt. Ted Ross.
[thinking] I've shot close to 100,000 rounds through many M-16's. I've spent months on a recruit rifle training range pushing 60-80 recruits through rifle qual each week. I have never seen an M-16 fire a round WITHOUT the TRIGGER BEING PULLED... [rolleyes]

Investigate all you want, the trigger was pulled.
 

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. . . or snagged on some gear (w/o safety on)??
If they were doing a raid I would imagine he would have been in the "ready" position.

ETA: If what you said is what happened it wasn't a malfunction like they are hoping for.
 

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[thinking] I've shot close to 100,000 rounds through many M-16's. I've spent months on a recruit rifle training range pushing 60-80 recruits through rifle qual each week. I have never seen an M-16 fire a round WITHOUT the TRIGGER BEING PULLED... [rolleyes]

Investigate all you want, the trigger was pulled.
+1... and I doubt any LE outfit is using a modified trigger
setup. He probably had his finger inside the guard.

-Mike
 

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Deputy Chief Joseph Loughlin said the department will look into the circumstances of the accidental discharge but said that accidents are not unheard of during such operations in police departments across the country.
Yeah.... This makes me a little more scared of seeing a LEO with a gun.... A little more training and care and these AD's won't happen.

Of course if this was any of us little peons it would be a ND. Regardless of malfunction of the gun or not.
 
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I can't find the clip... but a while back there was a clip of an femal officer that nearly blew a guys head off "accidently".

The PD had the man at gun point and in the prone position.

as one officer began to cuff the perp, the female officer's gun went off. you could see the round hit the pavement inches from the bg's head.
 

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Because the weapon was properly pointed at the ground during the approach to the apartment, the round pierced Nueslein’s boot and the fleshy part of his foot and did not endanger anyone else, he said.
Ahhh, if it was pointed at the ground how did he shoot his foot? Wasn’t it really improperly pointed at his foot?
The gun has been tested at a range and while it was found to have some maintenance issues, it appears to be functioning properly, he said.---
Maintenance issues? WTF does that mean and why was he using it?

Respectfully,

jkelly
 
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