Watertown Police Chief: Glock .40 Had No Safety

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Watertown City Police Chief Gary Comins says it was a Glock .40 pistol that accidentally went off at the Public Safety Building on Monday.

A city police officer accidentally shot his gun Monday afternoon inside the Watertown Police Department.

Comins said Tuesday the gun had no safety.

(Just to clarify the term "safety" - police say the Glocks they use do not have an external safety; the gun has an internal safe action trigger. In other words, you have to pull the trigger to fire the gun.)

The chief declined comment when asked if the officer has been placed on leave.

The incident is under investigation, he said.

Comins would not comment on who is leading the investigation.

According to Jefferson County Administrator Bob Hagemann, the city police department is handling an internal investigation.

Tuesday afternoon, City Manager Sharon Addison said the internal investigation was complete and that the incident was determined to be accidental.

She said discipline for the involved officer is pending an informal hearing.

Addison declined further comment.

There were no injuries.

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Monday, October 20, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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