Policeman shoots himself in leg

billc

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By Sky News SkyNews - Policeman has accidentally shot himself in the leg in London.

The officer was on duty in the Grosvenor Square area in central London when the accident happened.

It is thought he was getting into a car when the weapon went off.

Scotland Yard said the injured policeman was in a stable condition.

A spokeswoman said he had been a diplomatic protection officer, but said the incident had not been outside the US Embassy which dominates Grosvenor Square.

The gun went off at around 10.10pm last night.

She said: "The officer shot himself in the leg. The incident occurred whilst he was on duty in a police vehicle.

"The officer was taken to a central London hospital where his condition is described as stable. Nobody else was injured."

She added that "as is routine" the Metropolitan Police's Directorate of Professional Standards was investigating the incident.

The matter has also been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission as is usual when a gun is discharged.

The spokeswoman added: "The officer will be relieved of operational firearm duties while the investigation is carried out."
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And they want to give these people tasers and guns, what hope for us?
 
#2
What the fcuk did he have one in the spout for in the first place????
Bad drills
 
#4
Some plod should not be allowed weapons. He won't have that problem in future when Prof Standards finish with him :twisted:


fastmedic
 
#5
Knobber or unlucky? I'd say knobber. At least it was his own leg he shot. Look forward to the compensation claim and extended sick leave.
 
#6
its ok ive known soldiers to do the same so at least we are all on the same level!!!!!!!!
 

Auld-Yin

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#7
Was he a Brazillian over here on an exchange programme? :twisted:
 

billc

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#8
xinflurker said:
Knobber or unlucky? I'd say knobber. At least it was his own leg he shot. Look forward to the compensation claim and extended sick leave.



Ditto, Look forward to another retired copper with loads of money, spinning stories in the pub how he was a hero
 

Bugly

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#9
billc said:
The officer was on duty in the Grosvenor Square area in central London when the accident happened.
Unless the firearm was faulty, and I'd bet it wasn't, it was not an accident but negligence.
 
#10
fastmedic said:
Some plod should not be allowed weapons. He won't have that problem in future when Prof Standards finish with him :twisted:


fastmedic

Slight tangent but on the subject of police and guns; the last time the dabate came up about arming all police officers, I asked a friend of mine who is in the Met what his view was. He looked at me, horrified, and said that he has reservations about trusting some of his colleagues with a warrant card, let alone a firearm. He was genuinely alarmed at the whole concept of police and guns being in each others company.

I don't know whether he was concerned about safety or with the ability for non specialist officers to make a correct judgement on the use of one.
 

oldbaldy

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#11
firesquaddie said:
its ok ive known soldiers to do the same so at least we are all on the same level!!!!!!!!
Remember the days in NI before we had to point the the nasty end of an SLR in the air, quite a number of guys shot themselves in the foot as they rested the barrel on their boot. :roll:
 
#12
Must have been a Glock!! :D
 
#13
Makes a change from Plod's routine duties: shooting themselves in the foot.

Bad drill = no sympathy.
 
#14
CMTs_rock said:
What the fcuk did he have one in the spout for in the first place????
Bad drills
I can only account for my own "force", but the drills are that we carry one up the spout (Glock). Certainly can't figure out why it would have just "went off" mind you if it was kept in it's holster. Just as well I've never heard of a squaddie wounding himself as a result of an ND or we wouldn't have so many experts jumping on the "stupid plod" bandwagon.
 
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blindfire

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#15
I was going to take the piss and say he must have been ex-infantry, but the reality is he'll probably have 6 months off and get 100,000 compensation :x
 
#16
A complete knobber as already stated, I wonder what he will blame it on!
 
#18
'I can understand chaps at the front doing it' Capt E Blackadder
 
#20
How about you give the guy the benefit of the doubt, before you burn him at the stake. Most police officers do carry a round in the chamber thats standard procedure, not going to do alot of good if you have to pull your weapon out then take the time to cock it and get a round in the chamber, before you can engage your target. You might as well just wait to be shot if thats the case. Not to mention how many of you plods even own a glock?? They do not have external safeties, once a round is in the chamber the weapon is live. If you do not believe me look at page 19 of the owners manual. All it takes is one bump on the trigger and it will go off. The glock also has a firing pin safety which is supposed to prevent the weapon from going off if accidently dropped, however anything man made can and will fail. It also seems like your armed officers go through some very rigerous training to be certified to carry firearms, so I don't think he was screwing around when this happened. Does anybody know what kind of hip holsters these guys are issued or used??
 

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