From the Ask Joe file, one of our viewers has a question about a recent incident he heard about involving a Reno Police officer.
The viewer did not want his name used, but he asked if it is true that a Reno Police officer recently fired his gun accidentally, but was not punished for it and is still on the job?
Joe checked with Jack Campbell in the Reno City Attorney's office. Yes, there was an incident last month where an officer got out of his car during a stop, and his gun did fire accidentally, hitting the car of the suspects who had been stopped. It happened near Bernice Mathews Elementary School, close to El Rancho Drive.
No one was injured. Apparently, the officer was using a new type of gun. It's called a Kimber single-action .45, and he was not used to the way it fires.
Campbell said an internal affairs investigation was conducted, and the officer was not disciplined, but he was ordered to go back and re-do his training with the new gun.
Luckily, nobody was hurt. Again, Internal Affairs at the Reno Police Department conducted the investigation, and they decided that no other disciplinary action was warranted since the gun went off, but did not hit anybody.