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North Carolina Officer Wounded by Accidental Discharge

May 30, 2014  | 

One police officer’s gun went off and another officer was wounded in the leg early Thursday as the Raleigh, N.C., police answered a call about a man who had been waving a handgun at an apartment complex in North Raleigh.

Officer K.J. Barefoot, 31, was taken to WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh for treatment of the leg wound and later released, the News & Observer reports.

Police arrested Joshua Daniel Timberlake, 28, on a domestic-abuse charge related to the incident. The department is still investigating how Barefoot was shot when police arrived at Timberlake’s home in the Meridian at Wakefield apartment complex early Thursday morning.

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Hank @ 5/31/2014 11:48 AM

How did it happen? One word: Glock. At least the discharge didn't initiate contagious gunfire by a trigger happy SWAT team.

chuck @ 5/31/2014 12:00 PM

What do you have against Glocks Hank. I own 4 of them. It's not the weapon it's operator error. KEEP YOUR Finger OFF THE TRIGGER

Chris @ 6/1/2014 6:27 AM

A little research will reveal that several departments have had similar problems with Glocks unintentionally discharging, and because of that, they no longer use them. The familiar 1911 is carried 'cocked and locked.' Glocks are carried 'cocked' but they have no safety 'lock' aside from the trigger lever, which is an obvious farce. Cops need to use DAO pistols. Remember those revolvers that worked great for so many years without cops accidentally shooting themselves? Now that we have militarized police (more badazs gear and looks), something like a uber safe DAO is out of the question. It can even be a DA/SA setup like the Europeans prefer. You still have that long/heavy and very safe first shot, followed by a very short reset for rapid follow-up shots. Glock fans hate reading about this kind of truth.

Johnny Law @ 6/2/2014 10:57 AM

To correct the misinformation posted by Chris. GLOCKS don't unintentionally discharge, an untrained person pulls the trigger causing the gun to fire either when drawing or when reholstering. Simple operator error.Untrained or poorly trained individuals should not have a firearm. Second, being a GLOCK armorer for 14 years I can tell you that a glock is not cocked when carried as a 1911 is. A GLOCK is striker fired, it is cocked as you press the trigger just as a revolver is. When a round is chambered in a GLOCK the gun is NOT in a cocked position. Simply google GLOCK Pistol operation and see for yourself. Why do you hear of more GLOCK accidental discharges by the police than other brands? Very simple. GLOCK pistols are used by 65% of law enforcement agencies in the US. More GLOCKS than any other brand means that is what you are gonna hear the most about. SMith and Wesson's M&P operates exactly like the GLOCK but you don't hear as much because they aren't as widely used. Train/Be safe!

Greg @ 6/4/2014 3:41 AM

Accidental discharge? No such thing. Finger on the trigger, nervous, poor situational awareness, a pistol pointed by the sloppy officer at his partner. I can hear my training officers saying, "None of this was an accident people".

Some officers don't belong with Glocks...DC City police were famous for shooting their dashboards out when playing with their new Glocks. Not the gun, poor gun handling.

johngaucho @ 1/3/2015 8:35 AM

When my old department transitioned from revolvers to semi auto 9 mm Glocks in the early 90's, several brand new Glock weapons from the factory box went full auto on the range with the officers first learning how to use them, emptying the entire magazines. Retired now, I do carry a Glock .45, great firearm, with the chamber empty.

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