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Update: Off-Duty Cop Accidently Fires Gun in Southridge Mall

The officer was reaching into his pocket to buy a pretzel when the gun went off.

An off-duty Milwaukee Police officer's gun was accidently discharged inside l while he was shopping on Wednesday afternoon. No one was injured and nothing was damaged.

The officer accidently discharged his firearm into the floor while reaching into his pocket to retrieve money in front of on the second level of the mall.

The officer was standing near the register when the gun went off and the bullet hit the floor.

The gun never fell to the floor, said Greendale Police Chief Bob Malasuk.

Greendale Police did not cite him.

Milwaukee Police Ed Chief Flynn told Fox6Now, "He was not trying to take any action. He didn't engage in any tomfoolery.  He was examined and found fit for duty by two separate police agencies.  It's an accident and the investigation will continue."

Southridge Mall manager Mary Mokwa said that Southridge has always has a ban on weapons, even before the conceal carry law went into effect.

 

Correction: The gun never fell to the floor as previously stated.

Joseph November 03, 2011 at 12:38 PM
So police are trusted to carry but the rest of us cannot in this banned area? Why would a police officer not use a holster? Why would he keep anything else in the same pocket as his gun?
Mark Strachota November 03, 2011 at 01:21 PM
Actually as a 32 year veteran cop, that was pretty bonehead
jon smith November 03, 2011 at 01:28 PM
I highly doubt it discharged upon hitting the floor. Pretty much every modern firearm these days is "drop proof". PS. Incoming liberal posts about how now this will be a common occurrence cuz if it happens to a cop imagine how many CCW holders who are drunk will be dropping their guns in church, etc.
Carol November 03, 2011 at 02:25 PM
This is pretty scarey! So how many other guns that are now legal will accidentally go off and injure someone or kill them???
Joseph November 03, 2011 at 02:41 PM
1) It is stupid to have other things in your pocket with your firearm. 2) It is stupid to not use a holster. 3) Firearms don't discharge when dropped (federal law requires them to pass the drop test). 4) Why have the firearm in a pocket when an inner waist band (IWB) holster is far, far superior? Especially since a IWB holsters usually have retention. 5) Police seem to have more issues with abiding by the law than the rest of us (http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/watchdogreports/at-least-93-milwaukee-police-officers-have-been-disciplined-for-violating-law-132268408.html).
Joseph November 03, 2011 at 04:36 PM
Not sure how it accidentally goes off, but her certainly didn't drop it: http://www.todaystmj4.com/news/local/133146768.html
Brandi Fielders November 03, 2011 at 06:58 PM
ummm turn on the safety! This is somebody who is trusted to protect the public! Thank God nobody was hurt.
Joseph November 03, 2011 at 07:16 PM
Not all firearms have a thumb safety. Revolvers have no external safeties.
MKEgal November 03, 2011 at 08:08 PM
It's nice to know that Southridge is OK with concealed carry now, & the Greendale cops won't charge people breaking the posted mall rules (trespassing) as well as acting in an unsafe manner, endangering public safety, acting in a manner which could reasonably be forseen to produce public alarm (disorderly conduct), etc. Or will Greendale PD cave to public opinion & follow the law? Charge him w/ trespassing, endangering public safety, etc., just as any other citizen would be who's not employed by a LEA. Heck, turn the officer over to Wisconsin Carry members for retraining. At least we know how to use a holster.
MKEgal November 03, 2011 at 08:09 PM
And how about naming the idiot officer? If this happened to any other citizen (not employed by a LEA) the name would be one of the first things mentioned.
Bren November 04, 2011 at 06:14 PM
Thank God no one was injured.
Carol November 04, 2011 at 07:42 PM
If Southridge had a law that said NO WEAPONS ALLOWED even before the new law was passed, why isn't this "offduty" cop getting some sort of fine or being named?? If this was just an ordinary person, I think their name would've been published by now. And a cop should have his weapon secured where this can't happen!
Strontium90 November 06, 2011 at 01:35 PM
The guns do not accidentally go off. The trigger had to be pulled. This event was the result of the user. In the last 32 years I taught firearms I never saw an unintended discharge that was caused by the gun, all were the operators fault. Most any firearm built in the last several decades will not fire without help from a person even if you drop the thing down a flight of stairs. TV shows guns firing after falling on the floor which is a total lie, I've watched students draw and throw the gun down range and all that happened was the gun got dirty.
Strontium90 November 06, 2011 at 01:38 PM
A police officer does not come under the concealed carry law that just went into effect. There is a specific state law that has been on the books for longer than anybody in here has been alive that allows an officer to carry.
Strontium90 November 06, 2011 at 01:41 PM
He did not use a holster, stuffed the gun in his pocket with other items, and pulled the trigger because he violated all the rules and he was told them.
Joseph November 06, 2011 at 05:47 PM
Strontium90, do you know what statute that is?

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