In a case involving three idiots and one gun store, a former Kentucky police officer has filed a lawsuit against a gun store when he shot off his own finger using a handgun he was considering purchasing from the store.
When then-Glasgow police officer Darrell Smith entered Barren Outdoors in search of a new weapon, he still had all ten of his fingers firmly attached to his hand, according to Controversial Times.
After looking through the case, he asked the clerk if he could examine a .380 semi-automatic pistol on display.
Whatever idiot placed the handgun in the case failed to check to see if it was loaded. We’ll call him Idiot no. 1.
The clerk assisting Smith also failed to check whether the weapon was loaded. There’s Idiot no. 2.
When Smith accepted the weapon from the clerk, he failed to check whether it was loaded. I give you Idiot no. 3.
Smith can be seen in the surveillance video below taking the gun, looking it over and then pulling the slide back and releasing it.
The slide returned to the closed position, which should have told Smith that not only was the weapon loaded, but he had just chambered a round.
Smith can be seen continuing to examine the gun with one hand on the grip and the other on the slide, with a finger in front of the barrel for some odd reason. That’s when the gun “accidentally” went off (apparently when he pulled the trigger).
As a result, Smith lost his position as a police officer, according to his attorney, Alan Simpson.
“He’s permanently disfigured, Simpson told the local press. “He went through a lot of pain and suffering. He’s gone through several surgeries. He’s got a lot of medical bills that have to be paid. It ended his career and he’s going to have a lot of lost income.”
Then again, I’m not sure I’d want him as a police officer anywhere I’m living.
As Controversial Times noted, the officer violated all basic safety rules:
1. Treat all weapons as if they are loaded. FAIL
2. Never point a gun at anything you’re not willing to destroy. FAIL (unless he hated his finger)
3. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are on target and ready to fire. FAIL.
4. Know your target and what’s beyond it. FAIL.
Watch the video, via Controversial Times.