GUN LEO with airsoft gun causes $100k in damage to police station

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  1. TL1000RSquid

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    Pellet gun shooting leads to $100K in damage
    http://news.galvestondailynews.com/story.lasso?ewcd=25b8ed695fa52f16
    By Marty Schladen
    The Daily News

    Published November 17, 2007

    GALVESTON — More than $100,000 in water damage at the new county justice center was caused by a Galveston police officer shooting a pellet gun into the ceiling — and into a sprinkler head.

    And, because the city locked off access to a mechanical room in violation of its lease, Galveston taxpayers are left holding the bag for the repairs.

    Police Chief Kenneth Mack on Friday wouldn’t say whether the pellet rifle — which apparently has no law-enforcement use — went off by accident or whether officers in the narcotics division were shooting it on purpose Wednesday night.

    But as they cleaned up the damage from almost 500 gallons of water, county officials found more than two dozen pellets by Friday. They also found a sprinkler head that had been shot through with one of the pellets.

    Mack wouldn’t say whether anyone had been punished.

    Firefighters and county officials scrambled to the Justice Center about 9 p.m. Wednesday. They found about four inches of water pouring out of the narcotics division and into other areas, such as the emergency-dispatch center, where dispatchers continued answering calls, said Brian Maxwell, the county’s special projects director.

    It took 31 minutes to get into the mechanical room, where the cutoff valve for the sprinkler system is.

    That’s because the Galveston Police Department was using the room as a locker for its SWAT equipment and had welded a steel gate onto the entrance.

    Under the city’s lease with the county, the city is required to get a written OK from the county before making any physical changes to the Justice Center, said County Judge Jim Yarbrough.

    The city has acknowledged that Wednesday’s mishap was the result of “human error” and that it is responsible for the damages, Maxwell said.

    City Manager Steve LeBlanc didn’t return a call seeking comment.

    To ensure that mold won’t get a foothold in the new building, workers are replacing large portions of sheetrock, carpeting and other materials, Maxwell said.

    The total cost of the work is expected to be between $100,000 and $125,000.

    Mack was asked Friday what was going on in the narcotics division and whether any police officers would be punished. He didn’t respond other than to send an e-mail:

    “While the investigation into what happened has not been concluded, I have determined the following:

    “While in the narcotics office, one officer of the narcotics unit was handling an Air-Soft pellet rifle. This type of rifle is commonly used in recreational sports activities, and discharges a small plastic pellet.

    “While the officer was handling the weapon he discharged it. The discharged pellet ricocheted off a box at an upward angle and struck the filament in an overhead fire suppression sprinkler head.

    “The impact apparently broke the filament, causing that single sprinkler head to begin deploying water.

    “The officers who were in the office immediately took actions to prevent the loss of any evidence or records. They also immediately started notifying the appropriate personnel in an effort to shut off the water to the system.

    “Unfortunately this was not able to be accomplished for approximately fifteen to twenty minutes, resulting in significant amounts of water being sprayed in the office. The water damaged flooring and walls in several office spaces due to the spread of the water. Upon completion of the formal investigation, the appropriate corrective and or disciplinary action will be initiated with the officer involved.”

    Mack didn’t respond to a call with follow-up questions.

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  2. Dumbstixlars

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    Had to be a Texas unit. :mad:
     
  3. VladTemplar

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    The real issue here isn't the officer because shit happens. I know plenty of air soft battles that occurred when my father was still behind a desk at the OKCPD headquarters.

    The real issue is that mechanical closet being locked up like that, whoever did that needs to be hit upside the head.
     
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    lol love it when shit like this happens :mamoru:

    dont care what state it's in.


    I use to work at A.P.D. and I have seen some stupid shit behind closed doors :hsugh:
     
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    None of the news in this part of the country surprises me any more :squint:
     
  6. Haha someone did that here at my school. It sucks because it ruined a bunch of peoples rooms and computers and stuff.
     
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    this happened in a my friends dorm. someone shot the mercury filament and soaked his whole floor. $150,000 in damages, and thats not counting ppl's personal stuff like computers
     
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    :rofl: so it turns out the cops are inside the station shooting off their pellet guns into the ceilings and playing grabass instead of working

    our tax dollars hard at work
     
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    So wait.. an airsoft has the ability/force to go through a metal pipe/break a sprinkler head... ???

    and it happens in the police station and still takes them 20+ mins. to respond!
     
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    Yea cause I bet you've never been on a break or horsed around on the job before either.
     
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    No, the airsoft broke the trigger for the sprinkler, either the metal spring, mercury tube or the liquid tube, depending on the type.
     
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    to aleviate some confusion here is a pic of a similar fire sprinkler head


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    The glass tubes are filled with a liquid that when warms expands breaking the glass and releasing the water..

    In this case the airsoft pellet broke the glass.
     
  16. VladTemplar

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    Most aren't glass anymore, the glass was ruled to be too easy to break and now they use some special kind of plastic.
     
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    In that case sounds like the police station wasn't up to spec!
     
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    a small piece of dense plastic moving at 180-350 FPS + will break plastic too.
     
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    saxman Burninating the peasants

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    I had this happen at a dorm I lived in. A couple of us were in the basement shotting at shit with little airsoft pistols and someone decided it was a good idea to shoot at the sprinkler. Flooded the basement with a foot of water or so. Fortunately, it was all concrete walls, and there was a creek just outside the basement door, so damage to the building was nonexistent. Only charge was for the company to come out and fix the sprinkler.
     
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    :rofl::rofl:

    Almost just as funny as the story is picturing cops having mini airsoft battles around the station.
     

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