First, the info:
Reserve officer shot to death at gun range
Hammond -- A Gary reserve officer was fatally shot at a gun range during marksmanship practice, police said.
Kevin Weaver, 49, died Saturday from a single gunshot wound after a fellow volunteer officer's gun accidentally discharged a .45-caliber round into his chest, Gary police said.
Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller said Weaver, who was with the Gary force for more than 20 years, was struck in the arm and chest. Weaver was pronounced dead at a hospital a short time later.
"There's apparently nothing here that indicates anything other than an accident," Miller said.
Reserve officer Gerald Horton, 52, was attempting to clear his weapon at the gun range when Weaver accidentally bumped into him, causing Horton's gun to fire the .45-caliber round into Weaver, Gary police said.
Another reserve officer, Von Brown, was at the range when the shooting took place, said Gary Police Cmdr. Samuel Roberts. Horton and Brown were not injured.
Now; MY unsolicited two cents:
First, I feel for the families. I really do. I also think this was completely avoidable.
ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE- the firing of a round due to a mechanical malfunction of the weapon.
NEGLIGENT DISCHARGE- Breaking one or more of Cooper's Rules, resulting in firing the weapon when you didn't mean to.
This was a negligent discharge in my opinion, even though the media cries "Accidental!". The officer did not have the muzzle pointed down range, and he obviously had his finger inside the trigger guard. It doesn't matter how much someone stumbles, trips, or knocks into you; if your finger isn't inside that trigger guard, you're not able to pull it.
Of course the media will spin it however they like, and the anti gun crowd will have a field day at everyone's expense. No matter the outcome, someone lost part of their family and someone else will be haunted by this forever.