Mass. Officer's Gun Goes Off During Safety Class

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

New Bedford, Mass. (AP) A firearms instructor in Southern Massachusetts has been assigned to other duties after his gun accidentally went off while he was teaching a class on weapons safety.

Officials say the glock handgun discharged while Maj. Donald lamar was demonstrating to Bristol County Deputy Sheriffs how to safely holster the weapon.

The bullet ripped a hole in Lamar's pants but missed his leg and foot.

Sheriff Thomas Hodgson says the officer made a “gross error in judgment” by not emptying the weapon before the class last week.

Lamar, a certified firearms instructor since 2005, was transferred to another division and will not carry a firearm while the incident is being investigated.


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