Cop accidently shoots gun in Ga. bank

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SAVANNAH, Ga. -- An off-duty Thunderbolt police officer accidentally discharged a handgun inside United Community Bank on Victory Drive on Monday morning.

The police department is conducting an internal review of this incident, which involved an officer Chief Irene Pennington identified as C. Watson.

Watson was at the bank at 2225 E. Victory about 9 a.m. and was chatting with a loan officer who was considering purchasing a handgun, Pennington said, and the officer withdrew his weapon to show it to the bank official. The handgun was the officer's personal weapon. The officer, who has been with the department for two years, will remain on active duty, Pennington said.

"He took the clip out and looked to see if there was an extra round in the chamber," Pennington said. "He thought it was empty."

As the two spoke, Watson kept the handgun pointed toward the floor, but during their conversation, Watson fired the weapon, Pennington said.

The round went into the concrete floor.
No one was injured and the bank remained open after the incident.

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dickworth1
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dickworth1 08/03/10 - 05:35 am
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Make Barney put his bullet in
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Make Barney put his bullet in his shirt pocket.

thewayitis
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thewayitis 08/03/10 - 06:24 am
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Not an accident. That is

Not an accident. That is called negligent discharge. The gun will only fire if a finger is on the trigger. Home position, hello?!

justus4
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justus4 08/03/10 - 07:30 am
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Attention to detail! This
Unpublished

Attention to detail! This constitutes reckless behavior plain and simple. This guy should be severely reprimand and weapon confiscated, but don't expect such actions because the foundation is already laid for this extreme negligent decision making to be called an "accident." In fact, the article starts the act and the leadership responsible will conclude it with same lame excuses. What a poor example of a sworn citizen, and who hired this guy?

Mr. Thackeray
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Mr. Thackeray 08/03/10 - 08:19 am
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Stupid is as stupid does!

Stupid is as stupid does!

NoCatchyName
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NoCatchyName 08/03/10 - 08:26 am
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Thank goodness my fellow

Thank goodness my fellow commentators do not live in glass houses as there would surely be shards among us. Or, to paraphrase a more famous person, let him who has never made a mistake post the next negative comment.

curly123053
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curly123053 08/03/10 - 08:59 am
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What would they be saying

What would they be saying about this Barney Fife if his bullet would have struck somebody? This officer's gunhandling skills need tlo be looked at. I see this as a negligent discharge as well as not being very smart to be handling a weapon in a place of business like he was. And this man is a cop?

crackerjack
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crackerjack 08/03/10 - 09:03 am
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This must have been a

This must have been a Saturday Night Special that lacks a safety. Never take your gun off safety, unless you intend to use it. And many people have been killed with unloaded guns over the years.

dominionfs
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dominionfs 08/03/10 - 09:09 am
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Dickworth1, that is exactly

Dickworth1, that is exactly what went thru my head when I read the article. Whatever C Watson used to be called, you know he will be Barney for the rest of his time in uniform. :))

Republicant
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Republicant 08/03/10 - 09:18 am
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What a maroon.

What a maroon.

disssman
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disssman 08/03/10 - 09:37 am
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It takes less than a second

It takes less than a second to chamber a round. Only a moron walks around with a weapon with a round chambered. Send him back to weapons safety class immediately.

Rob Pavey
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Rob Pavey 08/03/10 - 10:10 am
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clip-fed handguns are famous

clip-fed handguns are famous for firing when they were "thought" to be empty - unloading one includes removing the clip AND working the bolt to remove a round from the chamber.

urright
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urright 08/03/10 - 10:25 am
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Every cop has his gun loaded.

Every cop has his gun loaded. They are not taught to carry a weapon without a round in the chamber. Rob--they are called "magazines" in handguns. There are not "bolts" on handguns, either. At least it wasn't pointed at somebody. Cuz just had a "teaching moment."

curly123053
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curly123053 08/03/10 - 10:57 am
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Hopefully a lesson has been

Hopefully a lesson has been learned here.

RAWR
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RAWR 08/03/10 - 11:10 am
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Sigh. The general publics

Sigh. The general publics ignorance of firearms makes me sad. A clip is a device used to load some magazines. This was not an accident it was negligence. Luckily it did not cost someone their life. There was no reason for him to unholster his weapon. They are not to be shown off.

Crackerjack there are many popular handguns out there with no safeties. Glocks, S&W M&Ps, S&W Sigmas are a few that come to mind. A lot of Police Depts and Sheriff's Offices use Glocks and M&P's. As for safety ... the gun I carry has one and it is always engaged. But if it wasn't my number one safety is my finger. I never put my finger on the trigger unless I want to destroy whatever is in front of me.

Disssman I am not a moron because I carry my firearm condition one. It was designed to be carried that way. Drawing a firearm from being concealed may take a few seconds, why would anyone want to add seconds to it to load their firearm. Increasing the chance of a misfeed. What if you are being attacked and cannot use both hands? Then your firearm is rendered useless. So you can take your weapons safety class all you want. It's already drilled into my brain.

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 08/03/10 - 11:08 am
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"He took the clip out and

"He took the clip out and looked to see if there was an extra round in the chamber," Pennington said.
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Oh no.....if he looked to see if a round was chambered, he sure didn't bother to remove it. What a dolt.

RAWR
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RAWR 08/03/10 - 11:09 am
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NoCatchyName, no I have never

NoCatchyName, no I have never made a mistake like this that could have cost someone their life.

gnumbgnuts
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gnumbgnuts 08/03/10 - 11:29 am
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Premature discharge, it

Premature discharge, it happens, not to me though.

ArmedandLegal
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ArmedandLegal 08/03/10 - 11:40 am
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"It takes less than a second

"It takes less than a second to chamber a round. Only a moron walks around with a weapon with a round chambered."

It takes less than a second for a bad guy to close a 10 foot gap. Carrying a gun without a round in the chamber you might as well throw the pistol at a potential bad guy. You act like you are an elite commando who can draw, rack the round, and fire while under extreme preasure, all in a split second.

If you arent confident enough, or smart enough to carry your weapon ready to fire don't bother having one.

Dukedirtbag
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Dukedirtbag 08/03/10 - 11:43 am
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No one was harmed ...HOWEVER.

No one was harmed ...HOWEVER. many employees of the bank had to run home to change their pants...

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 08/03/10 - 11:45 am
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Doh!!!!!

Doh!!!!!

Sweet son
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Sweet son 08/03/10 - 12:53 pm
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You guy and gal commenters

You guy and gal commenters have just made me laugh. Especially "gnumbnuts". Although I do agree that you should keep a round in the chamber and that if you make a semi-automatic weapon "safe" you must be assured that the chambered round has been removed.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 08/03/10 - 01:02 pm
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Rule: If you carry a weapon,

Rule: If you carry a weapon, don't be pulling it out unless you INTEND to shoot someone. Make your mistakes at home where the world won't be laughing at you and you won't accidentally kill your banker.

fontana
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fontana 08/03/10 - 01:54 pm
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RUNnnnn Forrest, Run

RUNnnnn Forrest, Run

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 08/03/10 - 03:21 pm
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We all make foolish mistakes

We all make foolish mistakes at one time or another. This very foolish mistake was very dangerous AND committed by a professional that should have known better. It would seem he's lost respect for his weapon.

oldenoughtoknowbetter
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oldenoughtoknowbetter 08/03/10 - 05:56 pm
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Sounds like the bank guard on
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Sounds like the bank guard on "Andy of Mayberry". He pulled his gun out of the holster and it fell apart.

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