Cop accidently shoots gun in Ga. bank

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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