WOW Installing a grip sleeve on a Glock with one in the chamber !!!

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  1. itjisfo

    itjisfo NRA Member

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    Atlantic City police Officer Kevin B. Wilkins, who died of an accidental gunshot from his service weapon while on duty Thursday morning, was a former high school basketball star who was preparing to marry and buy a home. His former coach, Gene Allen, said Wilkins was “like a son to me.”

    “Basketball is what brought us together, but our relationship was just extremely close,” said Allen, who coached Wilkins beginning with his freshman year at Atlantic City High School. “I was so proud of him when he became a police officer because, I thought he would make an impact in our community.”

    Wilkins, a Venice Park resident, was sitting in his patrol car about 1:30 a.m. at Kentucky and Baltic avenues, outside the Stanley Holmes Village apartment complex, police said. He had removed the clip of extra bullets in his semi-automatic pistol’s handle to install a rubber sleeve on the grip, but he accidentally discharged the remaining bullet in the chamber. The bullet struck him in the face, police said. Chambered bullets are not readily visible in semi-automatic firearms. Police did not say whether the safety was engaged.

    Other officers were nearby and summoned medical help, but Wilkins was pronounced dead 15 minutes later, police said. Wilkins, 31, was the first city officer killed while working in five years.
     
  2. js0ne

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    Where are chambered bullets visible?

    so maybe a "loaded chamber indicator" would have saved him?
     

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    Not sure anything could have saved him. Why would anyone point what they think is an unloaded weapon at their own face? No answer needed.
     
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    I have two reactions...

    1. This is what happens when ANY OF US think we're too firearm-proficient to take our time and do things RIGHT.

    2. I hope this isn't a suicide with a pretty face on it.
     
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    Another Darwin award winner!
     
  6. Gallium

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    Wow.

    If I were an investigator for that agency, I would immediately look for troubles in his life, and excessive debt - if for nothing else, to rule suicide out.

    That is a real ****ty way to go, and for you colleagues to have to deal with.


    His colleagues and family have my most sincere condolences and regrets over his passing. It is depressingly sad, and of course, was absolutely preventable with a quick two second check.

    RIP sir.

    'Drew
     
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    Are Glocks department issue in Atlantic City? The article doesn't say Glock but the thread title does.


    ETA: No link in the op
     
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  9. Trebuchet

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    I guess I am the only one who removed their slide when installing a grip sleeve or agrip?
     
  10. gtrcivic

    gtrcivic Hokie Glocker

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    no matter what experience/background/etc.. always gotta check the chamber!!! takes only 2sec to pop the mag release, and pull the slide to check. Heck i pull the slide a few times, just to make sure.
     
  11. DeltaNu1142

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    Firearms rule #1 for me has always been "don't point a gun at anything you would mind putting a round through." My face is somewhere near the top of that list.
     
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    Weren't accidental it was negligent :alex:RIP Officer:angel:
     
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    Strange . . .I did not see the "Idiot" and "Moron" comments of usual.

    FWIW . . .RIP :crying:
     
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    I agree that they should do an investigation, just to be sure and complete if nothing else. They owe him and his family at least that much.

    But not too many folks shoot themselves in the face when committing suicide. Though it is that "too many" part that still makes it possible.
     
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    I know someone who did the same thing (insert glass door in place of face though).
     
  20. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    Nancy Pelosi has drafted a bill in the House to require all guns to be made of glass.