Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The frequency of police gun accidents should tell us something about guns (see monthly summaries.) We aren't listening.

Grocery store employee accidentally shot by manager

Chicago, Il (3-14-16) An employee at a Northlake grocery store was taken to the hospital last week after being accidentally shot by his manager, according to police.

Luis Hernandez, 36, has been an employee at Farmer's Best Market, 23 W. North Ave., for 11 years and was promoted to manager about five months ago. Hernandez was in the grocery store's security office on March 9 when he said he saw a firearm sitting on a desk that belongs to another store manager who is also a licensed security guard.

When Hernandez touched the gun he accidentally fired a bullet that traveled through the wall of the security office and into the front end of the store, striking a 41-year-old employee in the ankle while he was bagging groceries, police said.

"When I went to move it I thought the safety was still on. I didn't know it would go off like that," said Hernandez. "I didn't want that to happen."

Once officers were on the scene at 3:47 p.m., they had the employee taken to Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park for treatment.

The shooting was later ruled accidental and no criminal charges were filed, said Northlake Deputy Chief of Police Jay Militello.

However, while Hernandez was in custody, officers saw he had a warrant out of DuPage County for failing to appear for a DUI. Hernandez said he has been released on bond on that charge.

"I spoke to [the employee] just the other day to apologize for what happened," said Hernandez. "He told me it was OK and understood it was an accident."

Alex V. Hernandez is a freelance reporter for Pioneer Press


Deputies: Man cleaning gun accidentally shoots self

HARRISON TWP,  OH (3-14-16) A 40-year-old man suffered a life-threatening gunshot wound after he accidentally shot himself while cleaning his gun, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded at approximately 7:10 a.m. to the home in the 2100 block of Division Avenue and found the man suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the sheriff’s office.

The man told deputies he was cleaning his gun when he accidentally shot himself, according to the sheriff’s office.  He was taken to Miami Valley Hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to the sheriff’s office.  The man’s identity was not released. His exact condition at the hospital was not available.

The incident remains under investigation.

Deputies and medics in Harrison Township have responded to a reported accident shooting Monday morning.   Units responded to a home in the 2100 block of Division Avenue on reports of a person with an accident gunshot wound to the chest.  The status of the injured was not immediately known.


Police: Derry man hurt in accidental shooting

DERRY, MA (3-14-16) A man was wounded Sunday night after an "accidental shooting" at 6 Twinbrook Drive, police said.   Police were called to the home around 6:45 p.m.

The victim, who police did not identify, was taken to Elliott Hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire, for treatment.   The extent of the man's injuries was unclear Sunday night. Police also did not release the man's age or say what kind of weapon was involved.

According to town records, 6 Twinbrook Drive is a single-family residence.  The incident remained under investigation and no further information was available Sunday night, said Derry Police Officer Robert Moore.


UPDATE: Teen shot in Chattanooga, believed to be "accidental"

Chattanooga, Tn (3-14-16) Police describe Monday's shooting as a "domestic-related shooting" and believe it to be accidental.

A 15-year-old teen was shot Monday at a home on South Beech Street in Chattanooga.  The call came in at 12:52pm as a 'shots fired' call.

Chattanooga police and first responders are at the scene.   Stay with Channel 3 for more on this developing story.


BREAKING: accidental shooting lands one man in the hospital

Charleston, WV (3-15-16) A man is taken to Charleston Area Medical Center with an accidental gunshot wound. According to Kanawha County Dispatchers, deputies responded to the area of Campbells Creek Drive where a man accidentally shot himself in the leg. The incident happened at 2:30 this morning. His name is not being released.


NYPD sergeant fired shot that accidentally hit plainclothes detective in buy-and-bust on Brooklyn street, sources say

New York NY (3-15-16)  Cops gather on Bushwick street corner after one of their own was shot in a friendly fire incident Tuesday in a buy-and-bust gone bad. An NYPD sergeant fired the bullet that wounded another cop during a heroin buy-and-bust that went bad on a Brooklyn street, sources said Wednesday.

Sgt. Sean Honstetter, an 11-year veteran, accidentally shot plainclothes Detective Jon Gladstone during the Tuesday night scuffle where one of the suspects took three gunshots, sources said.

A pair of suspected drug dealers sparked the gunfire when they tried to run down both cops with a minivan after an $80 undercover heroin purchase on Wilson Ave. near Troutman St., police said. Police gather at scene at the corner of Wilson Ave. and Troutman St., in Bushwick, Brooklyn, after a plainclothes cop was shot in the shoulder. The two officers were graduates of the same Police Academy class in January 2005. Gladstone, of Brooklyn North Narcotics, was shot in the shoulder and rushed to Elmhurst Hospital — where he was expected to make a full recovery.

It was the third friendly-fire shooting of a city cop in the first three months of 2016.

Both Gladstone and Honstetter, who turned 33 on Wednesday, fired at the suspects as they tried to flee the scene in a minivan.

Suspect Oscar Vera, 45, was struck once in the leg and twice in the arm before the minivan slammed into another vehicle and came to a halt in Bushwick. Cops said he was behind the wheel and had a rap sheet with 58 prior arrests.

The bleeding Vera was arrested along with suspect Geraldo Rodriguez, 51. Honstetter and Gladstone fired four shots between them Tuesday night, cops said. Detective Jon Gladstone was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital Center after the shooting. He’s expected to make a full recovery. The two cops had pulled their vehicle in front of the minivan as a second police car pulled up from behind, blocking any escape route.

When the two officers left their vehicle and identified themselves as cops, the minivan driver put the vehicle in reverse, slammed into the second police car and then drove forward.

Gladstone was partially inside the minivan as it lurched around the crime scene before crashing, cops said.

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