by Ian D Scofield
After hearing about an FBI agent at a club who shot someone I figured there wasn't any way that I could avoid writing about the topic. There are too many points that need to be brought up and the incident shouldn't have happened in the first place. Let's take a look at what happened in the Denver club and then look at some important points.
On June 3rd, an FBI agent was at Mile High Sports bar in Denver enjoying himself, off duty. It isn't publically available whether the agent had been drinking or not but he can be seen on video freestyle dancing before the incident happens.
As he is dancing he decides to perform a backflip and his weapon falls out from his waistband. It lands on the ground without anything happening, as most guns would.
When the agent goes to recover his firearm his finger grabs the trigger and a round is discharged. That round struck another patron in the leg. The patron was taken to a local hospital and is expected to be just fine.
After the accidental discharge, the agent raises his hands and walks off camera, and presumably off the dance floor.
Denver Police Department brought the agent in for questioning. He was released that day to his FBI supervisor. According to the news, Denver Police's homicide division is investigating the incident. There is no word yet if charges will be filed against the agent.
There are so many things that this incident brings to mind when it comes to police training and general weapons training that we could go on for a while. We are going to focus on the most important issues this raises.
I know many gun owners, both LEOs and non-LEOs, like to have their guns with them at all times. The idea of leaving them at home just doesn't work for them. With that in mind, if you are going to go out to a sports bar (or any kind of drinking establishment) it is a good idea to really question yourself and determine if you need to bring your weapon with you.
Even if you are not drinking, the people around you are and that can lead to them being stupid.
There are other times when leaving your gun at home is probably a good idea. A big one that comes to mind is when checking into the hospital. Even if you are just going to the emergency department, you don't know when something will become a bigger issue. It is safer to leave your gun at home then in your car.
Picking up your gun is something that you do before every shift. Granted, you might not be picking it up off the ground, but you should be very familiar with grabbing your weapon without touching the trigger. One of the first things that we were drilled on during firearms training for private security was that your finger remains off the trigger until you are ready to fire.
So the agent did have another thing in his defense, he was picking his gun up after doing a back flip. We all know how the blood rushes to our head when we are upside down and we can be disoriented during acrobatics. But that doesn't mean you have to pick up your gun right away. Even taking two seconds to get the blood flowing right will help you to remember to keep your finger off the trigger.
Anyone who drops their gun is already going to be flustered enough. Prevent people from retrieving your gun yourself and, if you have to, identify yourself as an LEO.
There are a variety of different holsters that you can buy for your firearms. Picking a holster that gives your gun some form of retention is always a good idea. You want your gun to stay in your holster unless you intend to draw it. Even if you are just getting a holster that holds the gun in tight, that is better that a loose leather holster without a retention strap.
You can also get a holster such as the 5.11 Thumbdrive Holster (not sponsored, I just love mine).
It is always important to think before you act but when you are carrying a gun, it is even more important to think before you act. If you have the urge to do a back flip while carrying your gun, just say no.
That all being said, accidents do happen. No one ever wants to be the person who has an accidental discharge but they have occurred before and more than likely will occur again. You can make sure that you aren't the one that has the accident though if you take steps to ensure that it doesn't happen.
If I read any update about the FBI agent or the case in general I will post an update to this. Remember, be smart and stay safe out there.
About The Author:
Ian is a staff writer at APTI and hospital security officer at a major medical center who has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a Specialization in Administration of Justice. He has held multiple positions in the security industry from patrol supervisor to auxiliary public safety officer. At APTI he brings his writing skills to help further the careers of others and provide quality content. Feel free to visit his or his .
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