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Thursday, January 20, 2022

'Accidental Discharge' of PSNI officers firearm near Benone

An investigation has begun by the PSNI after one of their own, a senior ranking officer, report discharged his personal protection weapon – a Glock firearm- while on holiday during Easter in his caravan.

As reported by Journalist Patricia Devlin of the Sunday World today, the officer is being questioned after the ‘Glock pistol accidentally discharged’ and the bullet passed through his holiday home and struck a neighbour’s caravan.

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The incident, which occurred in April this year, happened close to the popular family destination Benone Beach which would have been busy during the holidays.

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The senior officer, based out of Belfast, has already been question as well as the holiday resort itself, as the PSNI piece together exactly how the incident occurred. The Police Ombudsman were also informed and will independently carry out their own investigation.

The Sunday World also spoke to a security expert who told them that the incident would be treated as a ‘negligent discharge’ and that it was ‘not a sackable offence’ but it ‘could lead to a stiff enough offence’ for the senior officer.

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A spokesperson for the PSNI has also confirmed they are investigating the accidental discharge.

“Police are investigating an incident where an off duty officer accidently discharged the firearm in a caravan in the Limavady area on the evening of Thursday 25thApril.

No one was injured as a result of the incident and as is normal procedure, the office of the Police Ombudsman has been informed.”

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