GUN Police Marksman not professional enough for the Glock

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  1. TL1000RSquid

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    Police marksman suspended after shooting civilian during pistol demonstration
    Last updated at 20:05pm on 31st May 2007

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    A police marksman is under investigation after accidentally shooting a colleague in an extraordinary blunder.

    The victim, a civilian employee, was seriously injured in the accident at a lecture room at the HQ of Thames Valley Police near Oxford.

    He was apparently being shown the workings of a police Glock pistol when it went off, blasting him in the torso.

    The victim, aged in his 50s, was left writhing in agony with blood pouring from the wound.

    He underwent emergency surgery and his condition was described as serious but stable.

    The hugely embarrassing incident prompted a major internal investigation and stunned officers.

    One police source at the HQ said: "There are a lot of red faces about this. Why the hell was an experienced firearms officer demonstrating with a loaded pistol in an enclosed environment?

    "Someone’s head will have to roll."

    The victim was among a group of about a dozen civilian employees attending a pre-lunch lecture at the Kidlington headquarters when the blunder happened.

    New employees were being shown the work of the tactical firearms unit when the gun went off and the man was hit at close range.

    He was taken by ambulance to hospital in a serious condition, having lost "a lot of blood".

    The police source added: "There was a tremendous hoo-haa as it was realised the gun which he was showing off had actually 'got one up the spout' and had shot one of his colleagues.

    "There was lots of claret (blood) about as a result of the shooting and the officer was immediately suspended and his gun seized."

    In a statement the IPCC said: "We are conducting an independent investigation into the discharge of a Thames Valley Police firearm that occurred yesterday.

    "The incident occurred during a Thames Valley Police firearms awareness training course, when one bullet was discharged, wounding a member of police staff (a control room operator) in the torso.

    "The wounded man, who is in his 50s, is in hospital in Oxford and is in a serious but stable condition.

    "The firearms awareness session was taking place in a room on police property in Kidlington, Oxfordshire, and involved 11 police control room operators from across the force.

    "Thames Valley Police referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, and IPCC investigators have attended the scene of the discharge today, and begun to gather evidence."

    IPCC Commissioner Deborah Glass added: "I have decided that we should conduct an independent investigation, using our own investigators, to establish the circumstances of this incident.

    "The investigation will examine how live ammunition came to be present in a firearm during an awareness session and consider whether any criminal or disciplinary offences have been committed."

    She added that details of the police marksman who fired the gun would be a matter for Thames Valley Police to reveal if they wished.
     
  2. vettefan52

    vettefan52 Guest

    lol, i guess guns really need to be banned over in the UK, sounds like the LE guys are the real morons over there.
     
  3. TL1000RSquid

    TL1000RSquid ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    Well its not like its limited to just England..

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  4. Gimik

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    jesus. now they'll ban even saying the word "gun"
     
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    oh, and the imagery used in that report was ludicrous. They didn't need to report that he was gushing blood out of his wound while he was writhing on the ground in agony... :ugh:
     
  6. Aequitas

    Aequitas If it keeps on raining, levee's going to break.

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    You can't expect much else from a country that doesn't allow people to become familiar with firearms.
     
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    c'mon, you have to take this opportunity to emphasize the nasty consequesnces of these weapons to the general public! I mean you can't let them think that this is just a simple accident on the part of a careless officer(besides, there's no such thing). Obviously with that degree of professional handling involved that proves the point that guns are WAYYYyy too prone to random harm for your average citizen to have them....
     
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  9. Gimik

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    Probably made up this story and forced them to report it because of all the reports of more people wanting guns again in England. V :eek3:
     
  10. McCroskey

    McCroskey Jonny, what can you make out of this? OT Supporter

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    he's the only one qualified to handle that gun.
     
  11. GlocksRock

    GlocksRock Glock > You

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    Glock fotee :rofl: :rofl:
     
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    smartypants New Member

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    I imagine surgeons nick themselves with scalpels and carpenters pound their thumbs with hammers.
    It's unfortunate, and not an accident. It was poor gun safety and someone paid the price.
     
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    What the hell does that mean, that the pistol secretly loaded itself? :ugh:
     
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    Rack the slide, then drop the mag, right? :hsugh:
     
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    You know, there are two things that had to happen in this case and the one here in the US with the black officer that should NEVER have happened, even if they were stupid enough to rack the slide and then drop the mag...

    1. They had the gun pointed at someone.
    2. They pulled the trigger! This is the part I find the most rediculous. There is NO reason why you should ever need to pull the trigger in a demonstration, much less pull it when it's pointed at someone.

    How stupid can people be!
     
  16. Sardaukar

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    The reverse. Drop magazine. Rack slide.
     
  17. lobstradomus

    lobstradomus New Member

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    :hsugh: No, its rack the magazine, drop the slide.
     
  18. vettefan52

    vettefan52 Guest

    your mom has a nice rack, drop her pants?
     
  19. JaimeZX

    JaimeZX Formerly of :Sep 2001: fame - Also: Sprout Crew OT Supporter

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    Holy lurker
     
  20. krott5333

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    I'm pretty sure he was joking :hsughno:
     

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