Accidental shootings are more common than one might think. In 2016, there were 161,374 deaths from unintentional injuries. In the decade between 2006 and 2016, 6,885 deaths were caused by unintentional shootings. In 2016, there were 495 accidental firearm deaths. Accidental gun deaths occur most often in young persons under 25 years of age. 2014 saw 2,549 children aged 0-19 died from accidental gunshots. Another 13,576 were injured. These statistics were compiled by the Centers for Disease Control, which categorizes gun violence into three categories: homicides, suicides, and accidental shootings.
The Hour reports that a former Norwalk cop who was shot in an on-the-job incident is suing the gun manufacturer, claiming a defect was responsible for his injuries.
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday at Stamford Superior Court against Glock, Inc. on behalf of former Norwalk Police officer Phillip Roselle and his wife Debbie.
The lawsuit alleges that the Glock 17 handgun is defective because the firearm requires users to pull the trigger in order to take the gun apart for cleaning. The defect occurs because chambered rounds fail to eject when the slide is pulled back.
Following a training exercise at the firing range, Sgt. Jason Scanlon was disassembling his department-issued Glock 17. Roselle was nearby in the gun-cleaning area. Following firing the final round, Scanlon pulled the slide back and depressed the trigger, believing the chamber to be empty.
It was not. The bullet ricocheted off a nearby bench. It went through Roselle’s arm, then lodged in his chest.
The lawsuit states that Roselle has injuries to his arm and chest, where the bullet remains. He also has PTSD, depression, anxiety, and end-stage renal disease. He requires a kidney transplant and suffers from significant pain and mental anguish.
The lawsuit seeks an amount that has yet to be disclosed. Roselle was also denied worker’s compensation.
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