An Indiana police chief, who shot himself in the leg while he was shopping in a local gun store Saturday, says this isn’t the first time he accidently shot himself.
Connersville Police Chief David Counceller, who was off-duty at the time, shot himself with his own 40-caliber Glock handgun as he was putting it back in his holster.
“It got tangled in my clothing,” Counceller, 60, told the Indianapolis Star. “I was wearing a sweatshirt and a fleece jacket. I felt (the gun) go in the holster and I pushed it, but it was tangled in the material which caused it to discharge. The bullet went into my leg and then into the floor.”
“I need to pay more attention,” he said. “I know what the dangers are. It was pure carelessness on my part.”
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Counceller said the first time he accidently shot himself was 15 years ago.
“I was working third shift as a captain. I was unloading (the gun) to take it to the gunsmith and I didn’t drop the barrel to see if there was (a bullet) in the chamber,” he said. “The shot hit my hand. That one really hurt.”
Councellor, who is a Republican candidate for Fayette County sheriff, drove himself to the hospital Saturday and was treated for a flesh wound to his thigh.
“If anyone says this could never happen to them, they’re mistaken,” Counceller added. “You have to keep your guard up at all times. Some candidates are out there doing things for kids to try to get elected. Me, I shoot myself. What a way to get publicity.”