A woman celebrating the weekend before her 25th birthday was fatally shot Sunday when she hugged an off-duty police officer while dancing at a party, causing the officer’s service weapon to fire, according to police and her mother….According to Stephens, the woman “embraced the officer from behind, causing the holstered weapon to accidently discharge.” The bullet punctured Miller’s lung and hit her heart, and she died at a hospital.
So for this to go down the way it was claimed, the holster had to carry the gun so the muzzle faced backwards in such a way that the shot could line up. That’s not too much of a stretch, as that’s how I carry most days.
But that’s a Glaco Miami Classic II holding a 1911 Commander. The trigger is fully enclosed, and for added safety the retention strap crosses between the hammer and firing pin. On DA hammer-fired guns it would cross behind the hammer, also keeping the gun from firing. With a striker or concealed-hammer gun the strap just holds the gun in place. Still with that trigger surrounded by hard leather it isn’t getting pulled (and that’s ignoring the thumb safety).
Even in a cheaper nylon holster, generally the holster body is thick enough to prevent this (tho not always).
Could it have been a gun carried loose in a coat pocket? No matter what this is PURE negligence. Carry guns get abused. They bump against walls, chairs and doors. People hug and bump you. NEVER should ANY of these occurrences cause the gun to discharge.
Of course we’ll see what the investigation turns up…or is covered up by the “Thin Blue Line”…
**UPDATE** G.A. Heath links this story in the comments:
“The story keeps changing,” McNair said. “There’s no logical reason.”….The weapon, a department-issued, 40-caliber Smith & Wesson semiautomatic pistol, was in a holster worn inside the officer’s waistband and was covered by his shirt, Goldpaugh said.
Goldpaugh said the physical evidence from the incident corroborated the officer’s account of the shooting. The officer did not know the woman, who attended the party with other guests, Goldpaugh said.
Ok this REALLY stinks. An IWB holster and it shot the woman in the chest? Not buying it at all. Mom’s account that the story keeps changing seems to support my cynical thoughts that the cops are doing damage control for something VERY stupid happening.
My thoughts go out to the family and I hope justice is served.