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02-10-09, 08:22 PM #1
Williamsport officer shoots self after firearms training
WILLIAMSPORT -- A Williamsport police officer accidentally shot himself in the left hand Tuesday after returning from firearms qualifying and training. Patrolman Sidney Gable was taken to Williamsport Hospital after the shooting in the basement of City Hall about 3:20 p.m. today.
Other officers were in the area but not injured and administered first aid, Capt. Raymond O. Kontz III said.
Kontz said Initial reports are that Gable was cleaning the .45-caliber service revolver when it discharged. Protocol calls for weapons to be unloaded before cleaning begins, he said. An investigation continues.
Gable was expected to spend the night in the hospital, police said.
02-10-09, 08:51 PM #2
wow, they still carry revolvers? This is just another example of what is possible when people get lazy and don't follow basic safety rules.'Political Correctness is a doctrine fostered by a
delusional, illogical liberal minority, and rabidly
promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which
holds forth the proposition that it is entirely
possible to pick up a turd by the clean end!'
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02-10-09, 08:54 PM #3
The press calls any gun we carry as our "service revolver". I'd bet it's notThe world would be much cleaner if blind people carried brooms instead of sticks.
At communion, when the priest says "Body of Christ", I say "Thanks, I've been working out", then I grab the cracker and run back to my seat
An amateur practices until he gets it right. A professional practices until he cant get it wrong.
They've got us surrounded? Good. Now we can fire in any direction. Those bastards won't get away this time.
02-10-09, 08:58 PM #4
I've know at least half a dozen cops on my dept who have shot themselves in the hand, leg or foot cleaning their "empty" firearm.
To a man, it's always been the gun nuts who you would have thought would have known better. I guess they're the ones that get too self confident, I dunno.
One guy had served 8 years in the Marines, was on the pistol team, all that. He shot himself in the leg, hitting the femur artery and damned near bled to death. Last guy I would have thought would have been that careless. At least two others were range instructors.....
And I agree with ChesCopPodz, I've never seen any policeman carrying a .45 revolver.....When I used to be somebody (I'm center top)
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02-11-09, 02:03 PM #5
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but by the grace of God there go I. Disability, IA, lose face, all the jokes, physical therapy, on and on, poor guy.
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