Archive for the ‘Negligent Discharges’ Category

Posted by Jonathan at 27 March 2014

Category: Negligent Discharges

On Saturday, March 8th 2014, a Naugatuck officer had a negligent discharge when he grabbed a shotgun in his cruiser and discharged a round through the roof and also damaged the sally port at the PD.  The incident occurred just after 11:00 AM at the Naugatuck police department.

Reporters from the “Citizens news” made Freedom of Information Act Requests and contacted the department spokesman.  According to Lt. Bryan Cammarata, the department’s spokesman:

The shotgun that was discharged was located on a gun rack inside a newer police vehicle, he said.

Cammarata said the shotguns are normally left in a state called “cruiser ready.” Rounds are in the tube, but none are “chambered.” They must be jacked into the chamber upon removing the gun for use.

If the round is not used, the round is to be removed from the chamber and placed back into the tube before placing the gun back into the vehicle in the cruiser ready state, he said. The department has opened an internal affairs investigation into the incident to determine how the shotgun went off, he said.

So, bottom line:  Improper storage and handling of a firearm.

Posted by Jonathan at 3 February 2014

Category: Negligent Discharges

And, we go back.

There are serious issues with the way the Bridgeport PD sweeps firearms “negligence” under the rug when it’s their own.  If you look at my other post on the topic, you’ll note that Officer Santiago was getting off light, then after we announced our protest with media present, they decided to hand the case off to the State Police.

That part of the case is at a standstill.  The Bridgeport police chief swears that there was no special treatment or “sweeping it under the rug”, but we disagree.  Six weeks later, a private citizen had a similar discharge, but in a “not as dangerous” situation (in a home).  Now, as a firearms instructor, I’m not discounting one over the other, they were both pitiful in regards to safety.  I will, however, fight for equal application of the law.  And it simply wasn’t done in this case.  Here is a brief outline of the differences:


Officer Santiago Private Citizen
Date December 17th, 2013 January 27th, 2014
Incident location Public place, bagel shop with others standing near. Private residence
Damage Bullet hits the leg of officer Santiago, leaves a bowling ball sized hole in a window and don’t’ know where the bullet went. Bullet went through the wall, had contact with the next building over.
Excuse given I didn’t know it was loaded I didn’t know it was loaded
Errors in judgment Shouldn’t handle a gun and/or pull the trigger in a public place. 
Didn’t remove the magazine before racking the slide back and loading a round in the chamber. 
NEVER clear a gun by pulling the trigger (unless you are using the safety of a range).
Improper techniques when cleaning a firearm.  Quite possibly the EXACT same mistake Officer Santiago made
Charges None.  Still.
Bridgeport PD could have done the same, but chose to sweep it under the rug.  Only after we had our first protest on December 23rd was it handed over to the state police for investigation
Unlawful discharge of a firearm,
Second-degree reckless endangerment
Criminal mischief in the third degree.
He was released after posting $1,500 bond.

Here is a link to an interview I gave to the CT Post on the return to the Bridgeport PD to once again demand equal application of the law.

There is a facebook event dedicated to Monday, February 3rds event:

Posted by Jonathan at 28 December 2013

Category: Negligent Discharges

Can’t really make this stuff up.  Keeping it here “for the record” since many look back to this site for these crazy instances of where law enforcement training seems to be “lacking”.

Essentially, a Bridgeport PD officer decides to “clear” a weapon in a bagel shop after receiving it back from a friend.  The gun WAS un-chambered, but had a magazine.  When he racked the slide, he loaded and…. well…. the rest is kinda obvious.

Protesters angry over Bridgeport officer’s accidental shooting – we kept telling reporters NEGLIGENT, but it wouldn’t take!

—–Protestors want action on cop shooting

—–Officer just shot himself in my store Negligent.

Posted by Jonathan at 31 October 2013

Category: Negligent Discharges

These negligent discharges are happening far too often as of late.

Here’s the basics here from the Hartford Courant:

According to an incident report from Windsor, a resident of Village Lane called police on Sept. 25 after his daughter found a bullet in her bed. The daughter told police that three days earlier she had discovered a hole in her bedroom wall just underneath the window.


Police examined the bullet hole and determined the shot came from a southerly direction. An officer then went to Smith’s residence, which is just south of the caller’s house.


Smith told Windsor police that on the evening of Sept. 24, he was in his bedroom unloading his off-duty handgun when he accidentally fired one shot, the incident report states. Smith said he checked the hole in his bedroom wall with a screwdriver and thought the bullet had stayed inside the wall. He also said he checked outside for evidence that the bullet had exited the wall and found none, according to the report.

The most frustrating part of all these issues is the new laws that punish law abiding citizens, created a whole separate class of citizen for law enforcement.  They can still purchase a majority of banned firearms and keep them after they sever their service from their agency.  It simply isn’t right.

Here is a link to the original article from The Hartford Courant:
Hartford Police Sergeant Under Review For Accidentally Firing Gun Into Neighbor’s House While Off-Duty

Posted by Jonathan at 7 March 2013

Category: Negligent Discharges

Again, not an “accidental” discharge, it’s a negligent discharge.  Finger shouldn’t be on the trigger, especially when the firearm is pointed at a fellow officers foot!!!

Here’s a brief from the article:

During the lockdown, a Manchester police officer was shot in the foot. However, he did not shoot himself. It was an accidental discharge by another officer.

Wow, they kinda “white washed” over these two sentences in order to talk more about the EVIL gun on campus.  NOTHING happened in the other situation, several paragraphs.  Officer shot in foot, two sentences.

Here’s the original article:

Manchester police officer shot by fellow officer during college lockdown


Posted by Jonathan at 3 April 2012

Category: Negligent Discharges

Let’s get this straight.  there was no accidental discharge.  This is a NEGLIGENT discharge.  A sloppy instructor made a VERY bad mistake that could have been prevented.  If this was a member of the general public that had a permit, their permit would be yanked on the spot.

In a nutshell, on March 8th, New Haven was running a training program for their officers.  During a break, some officer(s) had asked a question of the instructor.  The instructor failed do make sure his firearm was safe and there was a negligent discharge.  This discharge resulted in shrapnel injuring two officers.

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Posted by Jonathan at 3 April 2012

Category: Negligent Discharges

Three New Haven officers are on leave after shots fired, in public, while they are off duty.  If this had happened to a private citizen, they’d lose their permit on the spot.  This is why laws need to be changed to force officers to have a pistol permit in order to fulfill their duties.  Loss of permit, loss of job – period.  This could also end the issues with layoffs and union issues as they are not able to fulfill their job duties.

Long story short, three officers are having a night on the town.  Shots are fired, 911 calls are made.  New Haven PD Chief Esserman has said their weapons and badges have been turned in, and the officers are on administrative leave.  There is a pending Internal Affairs investigation.  Shouldn’t this be investigated by the state police?  Why should New Haven be allowed to investigate New Haven?

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