Scranton cop hurt as weapon is fired http://www.scrantontimes.com/articl...090210.a.pg3.tt10shooting_s1.2291319_top7.txt Published: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 A city police officer required stitches in his left hand after his gun accidentally discharged inside a West Scranton grocery store Sunday afternoon, according to Police Chief David Elliott. Lt. Leonard Namiotka, an 18-year department veteran and head of the city’s crime prevention unit, was allegedly showing his weapon to supermarket owner John Brunetti at the rear of Brunetti’s Shur-Save Super Market, 441 N. Main Ave., at 4:20 p.m. when the gun discharged, striking the off-duty officer in the hand with a .40-caliber round. Scranton police are conducting an internal investigation of the incident, Chief Elliott said. In the meantime, Lt. Namiotka will be placed on desk duty, the chief said. Lt. Namiotka was out of the office Monday on sick leave, Chief Elliott said. “Preliminarily, everything appears accidental and doesn’t appear to be criminal,” Chief Elliott said. “He’s being held to a higher standard.” Lt. Namiotka and Detective Sgt. Bob Martin, police union president, declined to comment. The accidental shooting happened in a backroom, a private area, away from the customers, said Mr. Brunetti, who referred to Lt. Namiotka as a longtime customer and friend. “This was really a very unfortunate accident,” he said. “Some employees described (the shot) to me as a box falling. No one realized it.” After the shooting, Mr. Brunetti called 911 while Lt. Namiotka held his wounded hand. “It’s more scary when you have to think about it when it happens,” he said. “Guns are dangerous, and that’s about all I can handle.” - Guns are dangerous? No dumbasses who pull the trigger when they shouldn't are dangerous.