baseballguy2001 wrote:I agree with other posters, the weapon was probably made 'safe' incorrectly. One of the first lessons learned when I got a semi auto, in order to make sure the gun is clear, drop the magazine first, then rack the slide open and check for a round. Certainly an LEO knows that too. Personal opinion here, somebody has to be held accountable. The State investigators will probably declare this a tragic accident, and the officer who pulled the trigger might wind up with a reprimand, or a serious blot on his career. In my opinion, it's a career ender at a minimum.
Curious if an accident like this could result in a criminal charge of "involuntary manslaughter" or some other kind of negligence change. The fact that this occurred during a training exercise to which the woman had agreed to participate in would likely rule out a manslaughter charge I would guess, but there likely is some other kind of unlawful discharge of a weapon charge that would apply correct?
Not saying that I think that the officer should or should not be charged, but how would be the appropriate way for him/her to be held accountable beyond ending of career?