Turns out the Riverdale, Utah Police Chief who shot himself was instructor for a Concealed Carry Weapons class and the negligent discharge DID NOT occur at a range but in a classroom at Police Headquarters.
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The police chief who shot himself in the ankle was waving a loaded pistol and being careless, according to two students who were attending his class to qualify for a concealed-weapons permit. “We were told the gun is the chief’s personal sidearm, but it looked to me like he didn’t know anything about the gun,” Lewis Walker said.
Bart Ulm, another student seeking certification to carry a concealed weapon, said he was surprised Chief Dave Hansen was using a loaded gun to show how it worked.
“Right then, I was very leery, because there’s no need to have live ammo in a gun in the class. But I figured he’s the chief, so he must know what he’s doing,” Ulm told the Standard-Examiner of Ogden.
Hansen held the Glock 40 under a table to disassemble it when a bullet fired, Walker said.
The chief cried, “I’m hit,” and fell over. Students who were screaming “Officer down!” were urged to call 911.
Ulm said there was a moment of levity during the emergency.
He said an officer at the scene joked that “instead of shooting himself, he should have used the Taser.”