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Gunshot kills woman hugging policeman

2012-07-09 13:00

Washington - A US woman was killed after she hugged an off-duty police officer and his gun accidently discharged, a newspaper reported.

The weapon fired early on Sunday when the woman embraced the police officer from behind while they were dancing at a party in the northern city of Detroit, Michigan, the Detroit Free Press quoted the police department as saying.

The woman died later in hospital. Police were investigating the incident but said it appeared to be accidental, the newspaper said.

Comments
  • heather.stip.7 - 2012-07-09 13:31

    Isn't there supposed to be a safety catch on the gun?

      gareth.mckerrell - 2012-07-09 13:54

      some guns dont have external safety, or even an external hammer. Guns like the glock 17 which american cops use, have a trigger saftey. Dont think they would go off that easily though

  • Katoolsie - 2012-07-09 13:50

    in America everyone can own any gun and they can own as many as they want. They are also allowed to carry it with them wherever they go. Things like this are bound to happen....

  • Bosvark Van Rensburg - 2012-07-09 13:50

    Probably a cocked Glock.

      boltonbarry - 2012-07-09 14:11

      Or a cocked any other hand held fire arm

  • bryan.deklerk.5 - 2012-07-09 14:09

    Firstly, here in the US not "everyone" can have a firearm, and no, you can't carry it everywhere (not that this would be relevant to the story at hand seeing as though we are discussing a Law-Enforcement Officer). Secondly, the only time a firearm like a GLOCK is going to discharge is when the trigger is pulled, or something is introduced into the trigger-guard and pressed with sufficient force to the rear. GLOCKs have three internal safeties in all making the operation of the trigger to discharge the handgun no different than a revolver. Pull the trigger at it will fire. Guns do not just discharge at random events, and I really wouldn't go judging the incident until the facts are known.

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