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Retired St. Paul Officer Injured When Gun Discharges

A retired St. Paul police officer was injured Saturday when a pistol belonging to a Minneapolis police officer accidently discharged at a gun show.

Both men were working security at the Minneapolis Gun Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Minneapolis police officer’s gun went off when its holster got caught on the chair the man was sitting on. A bullet hit the floor and fragmented pieces struck the retired St. Paul officer in the leg and hand. The officer was treated for a small wound and released Saturday, according to the Star Tribune.

The Minneapolis officer, who has been on the force for over 20 years, was not injured.

The gun’s safety was off, as Minneapolis officers keep it off when a gun is in a holster, and Minneapolis police will do an internal investigation which will include examining the gun and holster. The event is considered an accident and the department is not considering disciplinary action.

Police Sgt. Jessie Garcia told the Pioneer Press it was a very freak accident.

“You could probably sit in the chair 10,000 times and it will never happen again,” he said.