Kansas City, MO — On Monday, as an innocent man sat inside his house next to his wife, a bullet came hurling through their window and hit him. He was gravely injured and is currently in critical but stable condition at a local hospital. No one was arrested in the matter because the bullet was fired from the gun of a 24-year veteran cop — the man’s neighbor.
As the Kansas City Star reports, the shooting was reported just before 12:30 a.m. in the 5600 block of North Richmond Avenue in Kansas City, North, Sgt. Jacob Becchina, a Kansas City Police Department spokesman, said in an email. Moments later the off-duty officer, a 24-year police veteran, called for help, saying he had accidentally shot his neighbor.
According to the preliminary investigation, it appeared the officer was off duty and inside his home when “his duty weapon discharged unintentionally,” Becchina said. “The discharged round exited the officer’s residence and entered the residence immediately to the south striking the victim.”
Luckily, the man’s wife and the other occupants of the home, presumably children, were not hit with the bullet.
According to police, the Kansas City Police Department’s homicide unit are investigating. However, the unnamed officer has yet to face a single charge.
Whether a person was cleaning their gun, dropped their gun, or claiming the gun malfunctioned or just went off, if someone gets hit with the bullet, criminal charges are likely to follow — unless, as this case illustrates, the gun belongs to a cop.
Generally, causing harm to another, even if unintentional, is still illegal. In fact, Missouri state law Mo. Ann. Stat. § 562.016, states that an accidental shooting can be a negligent assault if it results from a person not being careful enough when handling or firing a gun.
When you fire your gun inside your house and shoot your neighbor, clearly you are not being careful enough while handling the gun. Despite the officer admitting to this, he has yet to face charges.
Police are now asking anyone with information about the shooting to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS. The unnamed cop remains on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
Aside from the above the law treatment of this officer, the excuse of the weapon accidentally discharging is nothing short of asinine.
Guns do not fire themselves.
Weapons companies spend a significant amount of time and money making sure their guns don’t simply ‘go off.’ While it is entirely possible for older single action revolvers, which required the hammer to be cocked, to go off when dropped, the idea of a modern pistol accidentally firing without someone pulling the trigger is simply absurd.
There are more guns than people in the United States. It is estimated that Americans own around 357 million firearms. If these weapons were so prone to accidentally firing, there would be a lot of dead Americans. However, that is clearly not the case.
The reality is that these cases of guns “accidentally firing” most always involve police, who are entrusted by the public to responsibly carry weapons, failing miserably at their jobs. You could rest assured that if a mere citizen were to shoot their fellow citizen in their home ‘accidentally’ they would be cast out by the anti-gun crowd and plastered across the mainstream media. They would also be in jail.
However, if your job is to carry a firearm for a living to ostensibly protect society and you cause injury to others by shooting them in their home — you are immediately presumed innocent and given special treatment.
In fact, TFTP reported on several instances in a single week in which officers “accidentally” fired their weapons. Some of the unintended victims were shot as well.
At a Halloween party in October 2016, a cop in North Carolina shot and severely injured her own daughter as she showed off her service weapon. Like this officer, she was not charged.
Prior to that shooting, a cop in Ohio fired his weapon into a daycare center — while it was fully occupied. He was also not charged.
During a wrestling tournament at Fowlerville High School in 2018, panic ensued as a gun shot rang out. The shot was fired from the gun of an off-duty Flint police officer who was there to watch his son wrestle.
“A parent had a revolver in their pocket that discharged somehow and went off in the middle of our wrestling tournament,” said Steve Richardson, an official with Michigan USA Wrestling.
That parent was a police officer whose identity was protected and who was not arrested—two privileges that would most assuredly not be given to a civilian who accidentally fired off a round in a school.
“After the police were here and did their investigation and did what they had to do, we were able to resume wrestling and finish our tournament,” Richardson said.
According to the school, the cop shot the gun while he stood up sending the bullet into the floor. Luckily the floor was wooden and the bullet did not ricochet and kill a child. However, multiple people were injured as children and adults trampled each other.