A police chief accidentally shot himself in the leg at a gun store on Saturday. Somewhat amazingly, this is the second time the chief has suffered an inadvertent self-inflicted gunshot wound; 15 years ago he shot himself in the hand while cleaning his service weapon.
Connersville, Indiana police chief David Counceller's most recent self-inflicted wound occurred when his sweatshirt jammed against his 40-caliber Glock's trigger as he attempted to holster the weapon. He was examining a new Glock at a gun shop at the time.
"It got tangled in my clothing," Counceller said of his gun, according to the Indy Star. "I was wearing a sweatshirt and a fleece jacket. I felt (the gun) go in the holster and I pushed it, but it was tangled in the material which caused it to discharge. The bullet went into my leg and then into the floor."
Counceller's injury was minor and he was able to drive himself to the hospital, where he said nurses laughed at him when he said he'd shot himself.
"It is an entrance and exit wound," Counceller said. "I'm really lucky. It doesn't even hurt. I'd have been at work [on Monday] if it wasn't Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I'll be back at work on Tuesday."
"I need to pay more attention," he added. "I know what the dangers are. It was pure carelessness on my part."
In 1999, while a captain, Counceller shot himself in his hand. "I was working third shift as a captain. I was unloading [the gun] to take it to the gunsmith and I didn't drop the barrel to see if there was [a bullet] in the chamber," he said. "The shot hit my hand. That one really hurt."
Making the incident even more embarrassing for Counceller? He's in the midst of a campaign for Fayette County sheriff.
"Some candidates are out there doing things for kids to try to get elected," he said. "Me, I shoot myself. What a way to get publicity."