An Assumption College campus police officer negligently discharged his firearm at a firing range, shooting himself in the foot (Source: Telegram & Gazette).
Deputy Chief Keith S. Hough, 55, received a bullet wound to his right foot when his handgun went off as he was placing it in his holster, according to District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.’s office, which investigated the 8 a.m. shooting.
The deputy chief was taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center — University Campus, where his condition was listed as good.
The shooting occurred inside a mobile firing range parked in front of the old fire station on Main Street, according to Police Chief George Sherrill.
“It appears to be accidental,” Chief Sherrill said. “State police are investigating whether the bullet ricocheted, was a stray bullet or a misfire.”
For the record, I treat all “accidental” shootings by police officers as cases of negligence for the purposes of my police misconduct database. Guns do not simply fire themselves; guns fire because someone pulls the trigger. For this reason, I add all “accidental” shootings to the database even if they are not labeled negligent by police or prosecutors.