Police Officer Accidentally Discharges Weapon on Centre Street

Boston Police confirmed that an officer accidentally discharged a weapon on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain Monday afternoon.

Boston Police Department spokesperson Myeshia Henderson told Jamaica Plain News that the incident occurred at around 1:40 p.m. at the intersection of Centre Street and Seaverns Avenue. No injuries were reported.

Several individuals on Twitter noted a police presence and police tape outside City Feed on Centre Street.

Boston Police are investigating the incident.

  • Jim Derderian

    An officer did NOT ‘accidentally’ discharged a weapon on Centre Street. An officer negligently discharged a weapon.

  • Maxanito

    Accidentally or negligently, how does one actually do that? You have to remove the safety first, don’t you? And why did s/he do that? Was there anything going on that would force an officer to have his gun in his hand, safety removed? You know we’ll never really know.

    • M1911

      The BPD issues Glocks. There are no manual safeties on Glocks.

      • Maxanito

        So, I’m assuming that it is the officer’s training that is the “safety” on police issued weapons. I think police selection should be done by an independent (the public) body. Of course, I know nothing, but I’m assuming it isn’t. Many of these officers get into the field for the wrong reasons – family tradition, a sense of power, want respect, or worse, etc. – rather than the desire to prevent crime, which I know is not actually the mission of the police dept. at present. I’m guessing that selection is still based on who you know, as long as you pass tests.

    • doctorbossman

      “Accidentally or negligently, how does one actually do that?”

      It’s really easy. Put finger on the trigger and press rearward.
      Barring a piece of clothing getting in the way of the trigger during holstering, there is no other way. Cop should lose their license to carry a firearm; they’re guilty of negligence with a firearm in public.

    • Don Mei

      As others have said, Glocks don’t have manual safeties. The holster is the first line of defense since it covers the trigger. Then when you draw, you are supposed to keep your finger off the trigger.

      Regardless, the officer should not have had his weapon out of his holster at that time, he should not have had his trigger finger inside the trigger guard.

      I love how these instances are usually described in the passive tense “the gun went off” rather than “the officer fired the gun”. The gun didn’t “go off”. The cop fired it.

      • Maxanito

        I agree with you on their use of the passive voice, which “cleverly” removes responsibility from the officer. The writer may have done it so as not to place blame early in the investigation for fear of repercussions.

      • Karen

        Were you a witness?