A DART Police Officer Trainee Shot Himself in the Leg This Morning

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DART's police force may spend more of its time tracking down fare jumpers than a typical law enforcement agency, but they are real, licensed peace officers with all the associated powers. Like carrying firearms.

A DART police trainee was learning how to use his this morning at DART PD's Corinth Street headquarters when he made a rookie mistake. An agency spokesman told CBS 11 that the officer-in-training was holstering his weapon when it fired, striking himself in the leg.

The man was taken to Methodist Hospital and, per CBS, is expected to recover. His name has not been released but, even if it is, pity will keep us from using it. Shooting oneself in the leg seems humiliating enough. No need to pile on.


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FEDUP
FEDUP

Gawd damn shame he didn't shoot himself in the head f**king MORON, now he'll heal, go out and shoot inocent civilian.


Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

It hardly seems fair to rag on this guy. At least he didn't shoot any customers.

roo_ster
roo_ster

Oh, and since the basics are always relevant and some folks might need a refresher:

RULE 1
ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED The only exception to this occurs when one has a weapon in his hands and he has personally unloaded it for checking. As soon as he puts it down, Rule 1 applies again.
RULE 2
NEVER LET THE MUZZLE COVER ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT PREPARED TO DESTROY You may not wish to destroy it, but you must be clear in your mind that you are quite ready to if you let that muzzle cover the target. To allow a firearm to point at another human being is a deadly threat, and should always be treated as such.
RULE 3
KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER TIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET This we call the Golden Rule because its violation is responsible for about 80 percent of the firearms disasters we read about.
RULE 4
BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET You never shoot at anything until you have positively identified it. You never fire at a shadow, or a sound, or a suspected presence. You shoot only when you know absolutely what you are shooting at and what is beyond it.
 

Mr DART Cop was certainly violating #3.

roo_ster
roo_ster

Remember folks, these guys are the experts and those of us who tote every day (by way of CHL) without shooting ourselves are the dangerous ones.

Mervis_Earl
Mervis_Earl

I've got one in the chamber but there ain't gonna be no accidental discharge here.

bangbros4life
bangbros4life

@Truth your an idiot, no one cares about your husband, and he was at hq when he shot himself, also a quick little search of dart would show that this isn't the first self inflicted gunshot to happen at dart

MattL11
MattL11

Come on, he couldn't have altered the angle a bit and shot himself in the foot instead? That would have made for a funnier headline. 

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

Unfortunately, there's no IQ test for gun ownership. Until there is, legs attached to dolts everywhere are at risk.

TRUTH
TRUTH

First off my husband as a police officer has to keep one in the chamber and his gun was holstered at the house and your lucky i can't go into any detail yet otherwise you would feel stupid...so NO he was not  holstering his weapon at the precint. So before you start coming on here talking shit and dont even know the half of what happen maybe you should not believe everything you read from some news station that doesnt even have the facts right. he has been in law enforment awhile.

EdD.
EdD.

If only there had been somebody there with a licensed firearm then this tragedy could have been avoided. (That's how pistols work, right? As magical shooting-preventing forcefields?)

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

See Rule #1:


If you keep the booger hook off of the bang switch it will not go off.


Besides what is he doing putting a pistol in his holster with a round loaded and the trigger cocked?


OK, You! Out of the Gene Pool ...

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@roo_ster I've said it before: I was opposed to Bush's Concealed Carry when he was proposing it, my fears were unwarranted

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@ptmoore2012 POW  COTD, how did it take that long

getAlife
getAlife

your the damn idiot his finger wasnt even on the dame trigger nor neer his gun. PR reps cover all agencies ass right after something happens so it doesn't look like they have any kind of faulty equipment........keep believing everything you hear in the media and you want to call me the idiot....get a life

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Hold the phone!  Am I the only one that realizes TRUTH is lying?

observist
observist topcommenter

@TRUTH I bet your husband really wants you to stop posting about this.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@TRUTH I think he went by the facts presented in the story.  Before you come unglued, try using a little bit of common sense and reason.  If, in fact, the weapon discharged at home, and not at the precinct, AND you're not allowed to go into detail, this would suggest a cover-up of some sort.  Perhaps it would have been best if you had refrained from commenting, as your post certainly raised more questions of competence and causation than it settled.  Never comment in a moment of passion, you're most liable to say something you wish you hadn't.

observist
observist topcommenter

@EdD.  He was exercising is 2nd amendment right of self offense.

cawnlu
cawnlu

First of all, advice of "If you keep the booger hook off of the bang switch it will not go off" is yet another over-used cliche that makes gun-users look like morons to those who don't understand guns. I understand that it's meant to make someone with an accidental discharge feel stupid, but let's stop using that around others who are looking for a reason to call gun owners/users idiots. Second, he/she was holstering a chambered weapon because that is how they are carried by law enforcement.

Mervis_Earl
Mervis_Earl

Different chamber Mr. Merkin. hee hee

getAlife
getAlife

everyone watches the first 48 and wants to be a detective. LOL! this shit is actually starting to get funny......

getAlife
getAlife

and im glad you posted this because you are right!!!!! all it does is piss me off because a statment was released 20 min after it happen before an investigation was launched or a statement taken from the people that were there when it happen and know whats being said about the situation is not what happen. so thank you for telling me to stay my ass of these dumb blogs because everyone on this post doesn't matter.

getAlife
getAlife

probably......im sure a lot of people dont want the truth to come out and want to sensor my mouth

Truth
Truth

@RTGolden1 @TRUTH  i dont regret anything i said. you are reading too much into it. i strongly dislike the media because they report on things and they dont even know what truly happen. they write stories 20 minutes after they happen and make up things. no where in my paragraph did i say it discharged at home..so you are starting to sound like a news reporter. maybe try actually reading what someone says.

Truth
Truth

agreed. thank you mcdallas and wilme2 for making people aware.

observist
observist topcommenter

@cawnlu I didn't know it was an over-used cliche until you told me.  Now I think you're an idiot.  IDIOT, IDIOT, IDIOT!!!!!!!!

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@getAlife 

I'm fairly certain at least half of that statement is true - if misspelled.

irritated
irritated

he wasnt in training. that is what im trying to tell you. LOL! he showed up 10 min before work. he hadnt even clocked in yet. so there was no training excercise going on..

getAlife
getAlife

no it insuates that he holsters his weapon and his entire damn belt at home meaning he was not holstering his weapon at work when it went off....really read what i wrote.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@Truth @RTGolden1 @TRUTH Perhaps you need to re-read what you wrote and use punctuation that gives some idea of order and relation.  If you were saying that, since he holstered the weapon at home, there is no possible way he could be re-holstering at the precinct (like maybe he un-holstered it for the training mentioned in the article), then you are as in the dark about reality as this evil 'media' and those pernicious 'reporters' you are railing against.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Truth @RTGolden1 @TRUTH "First off my husband as a police officer has to keep one in the chamber and his gun was holstered at the house"  pretty much insinuates it was at the house

WuzYoungOnceToo
WuzYoungOnceToo

Glocks also don't have hammers (they're striker-fired pistols).  So you're 0 for 2.

cawnlu
cawnlu

At least that one is a Ticket cliche. That I can accept.

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