Dallas Police Officer Fatally Shoots Himself While Cleaning Gun

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Dallas Police Chief David Brown sent word yesterday evening that Christopher Pasley, a five-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department died yesterday "as a result of an apparent accidental discharge while cleaning his weapon at home."

"The Department's Employee Relations Team has been activated to coordinate assistance to the family during this traumatic time," Brown wrote. "I request the citizens of Dallas keep Officer Pasley and his family in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."

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khope.lane
khope.lane

His wife is a friend of mine. Negligence, possibly, but how insensitive and ignorant do you have to be to assume and actually post to the public that it was suicide. This man had a wife and 2 girls left behind. To leave trails of public record, speculating he committed suicide, for them to possibly read one day, is just horrifying.

wilme2
wilme2

I think 'cleaning' gets used to describe general firearm handling accidents.  Removing from holster, unloading/reloading, putting into range bag, etc.  So yes I think it is very wrong to speculate about suicide when that is not in evidence.  At the same time I think the DPD should have just said 'accidental discharge of his weapon at home' and been done with it.  Regardless it is a tragedy.

CrackerDaddy
CrackerDaddy

Condolences to the family left behind.  It will be interesting to see what comes out from this investigation.  I always scratch my head when someone who is trained in the proper use of firearms accidentally is shot while cleaing the firearm.

khope.lane
khope.lane

NO, it wasn't suicide you ignorant piece of work. Quit being a troll. You have NO idea what you're talking about.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

 @khope.lane Speculation and insensitivity run rampant in the comment sections.  If you're close to the family it's probably best for you not to read the comments.

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

 @CrackerDaddy I've seen negligent discharges (there are no accidental discharges with a firearm, only negligence) from people who have routinely handle firearms to many times to count. The sad fact is, people become routine and complacent about safety (and not just firearms safety). You add in the fact that most police officers only shoot their firearms once per year (when they re-qualify) and it is completely understandable. 

Always following the 4 basic rules of firearms safety will keep people from hurting themselves and others:

Rule # 1 Treat all guns as if they are loaded. 

Rule # 2 Never let the muzzle of a gun point at anything you do not want to destroy or kill. 

Rule # 3 Keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you are ready to fire the weapon.

Rule # 4 Be absolutely sure of your target, and what is behind it.  

khope.lane
khope.lane

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Perfectly fine, but for the record, he wasn't cleaning his service weapon. He was cleaning a new weapon and it is suspected of being faulty. That's fine to have an opinion, and speculate all you'd like, but there's no reason to be rude and conduct your own unsolicited investigation without knowing any facts whatsoever. I know the internet is full of trolls and hateful people, as do you, but I strive to not be labeled as one. This is someone's dad, husband, brother, son and a man who served his country, as well as a civil servant. How about a little respect as you sit in your computer chair making unwarranted comments about someone you don't know.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

 @Tim.Covington  @CrackerDaddy Ditto.  And it's worth pointing out that the four rules are designed with the idea that accidental discharges happen.  To be injured in an accidental discharge, someone has to be breaking two or more rules.  If someone only breaks one rule, then property damage is the worst that happens.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

 @Tim.Covington  @CrackerDaddy Don't forget that gun control means hitting your target ...

 

Very good points, I follow them religiously.  Seriously you might want to add:

 

Rule #5: Guns or Alcohol, pick one.  If the guns are out the alcohol is put up.  If the alcohol is out the guns are put up.

JM64
JM64

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz  @khope.lane Myrna, I fear you are correct, but we have no information indicating so. Please wait until 'the facts' are reported before decreeing the motivation.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

 @khope.lane Don't worry about it ... Myrna is a hopeless libtard who thinks that guns are the root of all evil ...

 

She probably also thinks that food comes from the grocery store, electricity from the wall outlet and prosperity from the government ....

 

I'm sorry to hear of your loss.

olnacl
olnacl

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz you have a right to free speech,  I reserve the right to tell you you are a fucking idiot.  there all better now

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

 @khope.lane Then he was negligent if this was a new weapon. He should have dropped the magazine and had the chamber open while cleaning. The is basic safety and is included in all manuals that come with firearms.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Go stand on a corner of a public road and rant and rave all you want--that's your right to free speech. A comment speculating suicide when you have no evidence to back that up, only your opinion, and being criticized (justly) for it does not infringe on the free speech you don't have commenting on a private website. Then your so-called defense of it is pushing the boundaries of taste.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Hey, listen.  I expressed an opinion and that person attacked me with all manner of invective.  It remains that these comment boards are provided for readers to comment.  It is correct that the Observer may delete my comments, but it's also correct that I have a right to freedom of speech, and that person has nothing to do with providing that right.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

You have no rights to free speech on a privately owned website. The Observer and its parent company maintains the right to edit, delete, or censor your "contributions" to the site however they see fit. You act like an expert on everything and don't know that?

 

You may want to refresh yourself on the defintion of libel too. You're much closer to that than you are being censored.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

 @khope.lane please do not feed the cat, as you can see, its a bit fat and trolly.  

khope.lane
khope.lane

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz "Censor" you? You're one of those... My you're incompetent. You're obviously a troll and not worthy of my time. I will not be returning to read, what I'm sure will be, yet another of your posts defending your ignorance. Have a stupendous day.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

 @khope.lane I fight for MY right to speak, along with all the other rights I am free to exercise.  You have nothing at all to do with that.  In fact, you're trying your best to censor me.  BTW, if you'd rather argue than comfort your friend you may want to visit other news sites and read some of the comments questioning why a 5 year police veteran would be cleaning a LOADED gun.

khope.lane
khope.lane

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Keep exercising your right to speak freely. The right Officer Pasley and myself fought for you to keep. You're welcome. Way to bash a veteran and police officer on 9/11 of all days. I'm giving the family their privacy, as a normal, compassionate human being would. I didn't come to read this story to be infuriated and be patronized by someone, like yourself. I came to read the story hoping to find decent people lifting up a stranger's family through thoughts and positive energy. I'm sorry I still have faith in humanity. Thank you for proving me wrong. Yet again. Good day.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

 @khope.lane I intend to exercise my right to free speech.  Why aren't you with the family comforting them in the time of their need, instead of raging and ranting at perfect strangers on some comment board?

JM64
JM64

 @everlastingphelps  @Tim.Covington  @CrackerDaddy Although nothing is one hundred percent perfect, flawless or reliable, 'accidental discharges' with a modern design weapon in good working order are almost impossible. An 'accidental discharge' is one that I would put down to a improperly modified weapon, an old one in poor condition or doing something ill-advised, such as carrying an old revolver hammer down on a loaded chamber.

 

'Negligent discharge', where the user breaks one or more of the basic rules are, sadly, too common. As an avid shooter, I maintain an unbreakable adherence to the basic rules of safe gun handling. Am I perfect? No, but I have not even come close to a 'negligent discharge'

 

Tim, your observation is astute and very sensible. If I have strangers/children in my house, all guns are locked up, even if no alcohol is involved. A slight inconvenience, but far better than explaining how someone was 'accidentally' shot in my house.

 

This incident with Officer Pasley is of prurient interest to us, but we have no data about just how this could happen/did happen. I would not smear him with idle speculation about the circumstances or his (possible) motive.

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