LYNWOOD (CBS) — A Los Angeles police officer is recovering from a foot injury and wounded pride after accidentally shooting himself in the foot Wednesday.

“The passenger officer pulled out his weapon and did what is called a ‘prep check’, which is done sometimes to ensure that a weapon is loaded,” LAPD Commander Andrew Smith said. “When he did that he inadvertently had what is called a ‘negligent discharge’ — his weapon went off, striking him in the foot.”

The veteran officer was in the passenger seat while his partner officer was driving near Broadway and Central Avenue in Lynwood Wednesday morning.

They were on their way to a report that a man was waving a gun around in the area when the gun went off.

The officer’s partner drove him to St. Francis Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition. Police said the officer

“It’s always a little bit embarrassing when something like that happens,” Smith said. “When you have 10,000 officers out there working and responding to dangerous calls like that you have things like that happen every once in a while.”

Officers went on to search the patrol car for the bullet.

The man who was reported to have the gun was never found.

Police said the officer’s colleagues will likely never let him hear the end of it.

Comments (20)
  1. Sam Sindaha says:

    what a coincidence, L.A. County Sheriff Baca has been shooting himself in the foot for years now with 1,480 falsely jailed citizens

  2. DOH says:

    Shooting your self in the foot or getting your squad car stolen…Which is worse?

  3. Joshua Bauchberg says:

    I just hope that this officer never accidentally pulls me over

  4. onlooker says:

    clearly, this guy just wanted to take the holidays off and celebrate the new years away from his station. smart man. he will get paid and have the new year’s eve off.

  5. Joe says:

    I feel sorry for this law man because he will be poked on by endless jokes by his fellow officers because he was shot in the line of duty.

    I wonder if he will receive a purple heart?

    The scar left by this freak accident will surely imbed a vital lesson to the gun’s handler. Some of the bullets of firearms have the name of the owner written on them.

  6. i know them says:

    surprise he didn’t say a black man shot him so he could get a hero treatment.

  7. tdave says:

    I wonder when Deputy Fife will get a replacement bullet?

  8. gone gone gone says:

    ……Follow-up investigation ruled the shooting justified.

    Apparently he saw his own reflection and thought he might have a gun.

    The officer has hiring Gloria Allred to sue the City for damages.

  9. Fed Up says:

    Perhaps the department should give him a wooden gun until he’s trusted with his own.

  10. Uhoh says:

    Damm gang members need to learn how to do the ‘prep check’ a little bit better.

  11. larry says:

    GEE… he had to pull the trigger for this to happen. Obviously he didn’t have it pointed in a safe direction. NOT ACCEPTABLE – needs more range time.

  12. john says:

    Prep Check??? really?..never heard that one before

    1. Dave says:

      Yeah….Pretty sure they mean “press check”, which really shouldn’t be necessary while already on patrol.

  13. Woods says:

    I just hope that that officer who shot himself isn’t a hispanic. Because that would lead me to believe that he knew he was going to respond to that call his cousin or homeboy was involved when his gun “mysteriously” discharged. Yeh…

  14. Sgt V says:

    It’s called a “press” check, reporter

  15. GROWAPAIR says:

    Another whiny overpaid incompetent aS$wipe cop bucking for a disability pension.

  16. Coke Machine says:

    I hear he has feet like a “Basehead.” Also, get some new shirts you cheep a$%.

  17. Dave says:

    The most irritating thing about this is that had this happened to a non-LEO, the Brandy Bunch types would be screaming about incompetence, and how only cops should have guns.

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