While visiting a local gun shop off-duty, a small-town police chief suffered an accidental discharge from his issue weapon, a .40-caliber Glock. Although injured in the leg, the chief is doing just fine. The cause of the discharge: the town's mayor blames the trigger.
Connersville, Indiana is a small town of about 13,000 located in Fayette County, about 6o miles east of Indianapolis. Known as "Little Detroit" due to the large collection of automobile plants located in the town during the first half of the 20th Century, Connersville built many of the famous 1940s Willys Jeep bodies.
David Counceller, the chief of police, leads the police department of the town. A man with more than forty years of law enforcement background going back to the 1970s when he was a US Army MP, he is currently running for sheriff of Fayette County.
While stopped at a local gun shop to check out newer model Glocks, Counceller accidentally shot himself in the leg with his own. While it's not clear what model he carried, by process of elimination we can surmise that it's a Gen 2 or 3 G22, 23, 24, or 27
"It got tangled in my clothing," Counceller said of the incident, "I was wearing a sweatshirt and a fleece jacket. I felt (the gun) go in the holster and I pushed it, but it was tangled in the material, which caused it to discharge. The bullet went into my leg and then into the floor."
The police chief drove himself to the hospital where he was treated for the flesh wound in his upper right thigh.
The chief, who incidentally also had a second accidental discharge 15 years ago in which he shot his own hand ("That one really hurt." he said), accepted all the blame for the shooting.
"I need to pay more attention," Counceller said.
The mayor of Connersville, Leonard Urban, defended the chief and "It was just a little accident. Dave is an excellent marksman," Urban said Monday. "Apparently the Glocks don't have the trigger safety that they should have."
Glocks have been the subject of blame for not having a manual trigger safety for a long time. In 2011, a regular EDC practitioner shot himself in the leg with his Glock 19 due to a worn out holster.
These guns were designed specifically to not have an external safety, as the extra surface controls make these pistols wider, more complicated, and add additional causes for snags when drawing from concealment. For those who desire a manual safety, many Glock custom shops offer an aftermarket variety
Still, although apparently the Chief's finger was not the cause of the discharge, we would like to take this opportunity to reiterate the 'Big Three'
1. All firearms are always loaded
2. Keep your finger off the trigger until on target and ready to fire
3. Know your target and what is beyond it.
Be safe out there.
And if you find a deal on pants around Connersville, let the chief know about it.
Apparently, he needs a new pair.