An off-duty Kentucky police officer accidentally shot himself in a parking garage elevator on Jan. 3 after having dinner with his wife at a Cincinnati restaurant.
WKRC News reports Officer Darryl Jouett, a police officer in Erlanger, Kentucky, had just finished dinner with his wife in the historical Cincinnati neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine and was heading back to his car. While in the elevator, his service weapon discharged. The .40-caliber bullet ricocheted and struck him in the stomach.
Capt. Mike John of the Cincinnati Police Department said Jouett was conscious and alert when emergency responders arrived on the scene.
“It's very unusual. Obviously you have somebody that's used to handling firearms,” John told WCPO News. “It’s very unusual to see somebody discharge a firearm, accidentally, in a confined space like that.”
Erlanger police told WCPO the next day that Jouett had attempted to adjust his duty belt when his weapon discharged while still in its holster. That same scenario was described in the WKRC report.
But a story from WLWT News on Jan. 4 says surveillance video from the elevator shows Jouett was attempting to remove his gun from the holster when it discharged.
John explained what investigators believe happened.
“He was transitioning the holster and transitioning the gun out of his holster. He was going to carry it in his hand as they walked to the car. As he was pulling the gun from the holster, a round discharged, ricocheted in the elevator, struck him in the stomach,” John said.
Jouett’s wife was in the elevator at the time. She was not injured.
Jouett has been with the police department in Erlanger for more than 25 years.
He was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment. His injuries were described as not life-threatening.