Police Officer Practicing ‘Quick Draw’ Negligently Fires Gun In Airport

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 5 months ago

The Des Moines Register:

A Des Moines police officer accidentally fired his gun inside an office at the Des Moines International Airport while he was practicing his “quick draw.”

Officer Brady Pratt, 23, was inside an office at the airport Wednesday around 4 p.m. when he drew his gun from his holster to practice “his quick draw skills,” according to a police report. Pratt, who joined the force in 2013, “unknowingly” had his finger on the trigger and fired a round from the gun, the report states.

Another officer, Taylor Olson, witnessed the incident.

The bullet hit a ceiling tile above one of the office doors. It traveled through the wall and out into a hallway, landing in the hallway’s ceiling tile.

No one was in the hallway at the time, and nobody was injured.

Pratt reported the accidental shot to his supervisor, who then notified a lieutenant.

“Discipline is always a possibility when (officers) are negligent. The level will be determined by the circumstances,” said Sgt. Paul Parizek, a spokesman for the department. “There will be a very thorough review.”

Gosh, I hate it when that happens to me.  I remember the last time I was doing that.  I was in a shopping mall, with thousands of people around.  I didn’t shoot anybody, and I hope they go as easy on the cop as they did on me.  The police came and we all laughed, and laughed, and laughed.

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  1. On December 26, 2015 at 4:33 am, Daniel Barger said:

    I bet he’s REAL HAPPY to belong to a union….they’ll make sure he won’t get more than an ass chewing and maybe, possibly a day off. Anyone else they’d crucify.

  2. On December 26, 2015 at 10:09 am, Fred said:

    He hit a ceiling tile! What? Was he practicing for a quick draw, duck hunt? Perhaps the scenario was super ninja’s in the overhead duct work?

  3. On December 26, 2015 at 11:21 am, SunwolfNC said:

    Hell be decorated for excessive training.

  4. On December 27, 2015 at 3:24 pm, Molan Labe said:

    Two issues I see here. First one is lack of training. Finger never on the trigger until you are ready to shoot. But more importantly practicing drawing with live ammunition in public is just plain stupid. He should be charged with negligent discharge like anyone else.

  5. On December 28, 2015 at 9:28 am, f.t. said:

    There is a thing called common sense but you can’t teach it to everyone, including stupid, wanna be cops. This cop is destined to be a problem further down the line because he has ZERO common sense.
    IF,,IF you feel you MUST practice your “fast draw”, unload the friggin gun first, if you know how to. I don’t think its funny. Its sad is what it is. Sad that there is such an idiot wearing a badge.

  6. On December 29, 2015 at 12:37 pm, Jack Crabb said:

    Seriously, where do they get these idiots?

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