Cop Guilty of Accidental Gun Discharge in Southridge

A Milwaukee police officer whose gun accidentally discharged in the mall last year pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.

The Milwaukee police officer whose gun went off in Southrige Mall last year has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.

Michael Edwards, 46, was originally charged with endangering safety by use of a deadly weapon but pleaded guilty Wednesday to the reduced charge of disorderly conduct.

The gunfire at the mall happened Nov. 2. Edwards told Greendale police he was was at Auntie Anne's Pretzel with his fiancee when he reached into his left back pocket for his wallet and felt his gun slide down into his pants. He reached for the gun to stop it from sliding down and it discharged. The .40 caliber gun did not have a safety and had not been secured in a holster, according to the complaint. 

The complaint also said that a witness, Amanda Studebaker, was at Auntie Anne’s Pretzel when she heard "a very loud bang and felt something hit the
back of her leg and then felt a stinging sensation."

Edwards also is the president of the Milwaukee Police Supervisors' Organization.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for October 24. 

Mark Barnes October 22, 2012 at 11:48 PM
This douche bag should lose his job and be in prison. Any self respecting gun owner knows enough to carry in a holster!
Christopher Reeves October 24, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Milwaukee just passed s concealed carry law. A veteran officer should be held accountable this was very poor gun etiquette. He should be reprimanded and sued in civil courts.
J Hef October 25, 2012 at 07:43 PM
First off for years officers carried guns in their waistbands, and yes now things have changed and he will be held accountable at his job. But he had no intention of hurting anyone and carried his weapon to safeguard the public. You bash him for having his gun and then bash him, because of a mistake that he has and will pay for. However had their been an incident like one of the these mass shootings and he not been armed and not helped then you would bash him for not doing his job for you or your wife or your children. So you all want it all. You want all officers to be infallible and then you want them to protect you to. They are only human and you can't have it all. Because of comments like yours Barnes Officers choose to walk away instead of getting involved now a days.


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