SPD officer under investigation for inadvertently firing service weapon
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A Shreveport police officer is under investigation for inadvertently discharging his weapon.
It happened around 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20. According to the incident report, Cpl. Marcus Hines was on duty when he discharged his weapon, firing a shot into the ground.
Authorities say at the time Hines removed his weapon to demonstrate firearms safety techniques to two summer interns assigned to the Shreveport Police Department's Public Information Office. As he tried to clear the weapon, he inadvertently discharged the gun.
During the conversation, he un-holstered his Glock 22 handgun and believed he had successfully made the weapon safe by removing the magazine and extracting a round from the chamber. He was discussing how one should always point the weapon in a safe direction when the gun was negligently discharged into the floor.
— CAA Ben Raymond, Shreveport Police Officer
He and the interns were not harmed during the incident. Cpl. Hines immediately contacted another officer and took a look at the damage in the office, which some minor damage to the floor was found.
The two interns left the office to go to lunch and they were summoned back to the office for interviews.
Hines was taken to Willis-Knighton Work Care for standard substance abuse screening. He later filled out a general liability form.
One of the interns advised officers that her right ear felt weird, adding that the loud noise from the gun-shot caused her right ear to feel differently.
She was taken to Willis Knighton Work Care North where she was evaluated and released. According to the police report, a doctor at Willis-Knighton Work Kare North said that he did not believe she had any permanent hearing damage. However, she was instructed to return to the doctor if she had any further problems.
Photographs were taken to document the damage done to the office.
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