A California Police SWAT officer was shot with his own gun when a boy managed to get his finger on the trigger and pull it. The officer had his Glock .35 in his thigh holster while he was in attendance at a children’s reading event called Reading Roundup in Lodi, Calif. He was on hand at Reading Roundup to show off his department’s new SWAT truck, vest and other gear.
“A small child, witnesses tell us was 6 to 8 years old, was able to walk up to the officer and was able to pull the trigger,” said Lt. Sierra Brucia. “It doesn’t have an external safety or anything like that. The gun functioned how it was supposed to. When the trigger was pulled, the gun went off.”
The bullet struck the officer’s leg. He was treated at the hospital for a minor injury and then released.
The department is investigating the incident in order to determine if protocols or procedures need to be altered in order to stop similar situations from occurring in the future.
Officers are hoping to speak to the child and his parents to see exactly what went wrong.
“Hopefully, speaking to the child and the child’s parents to find out how they were able to get access to the officer’s gun, what the child’s intent may have been — we don’t know if it was accidental or unintentional,” Brucia said.
Police say the gun’s trigger was more accessible because it was holstered in a way that was accommodating an attached flashlight, CBS Local reported.
The officer has been on the SWAT team for five years. He is back on duty.