Again With "The Only Ones"
Kitsap County deputy accidentally shoots man (requires registration so full below):
BREMERTON – A Kitsap County deputy is under investigation after she accidentally shot a man. The deputy thought she had her taser in her hand.
Several Kitsap County deputies gathered under a tree in a Bremerton lot where a man – shouting and dressed only in underwear – refused to come down.
"I heard him say very loudly: 'I'm unarmed!'" said witness Kathy Norton.
Kathy and Tom Norton heard a shot and saw a female deputy pointing something at the man who was less than 10 feet up the tree.
"She dropped and was hurt. You could see she was scared. It wasn't like it was on purpose," said Kathy.
"As soon as the shot was done she walked over there and got on one knee. She was distraught," said Tom.
Tasers are often worn on the same leg as an officer's handgun, and the Sheriff's Department says the 5-year veteran deputy mistakenly grabbed her gun instead of the taser.
"It doesn't seem that the deputy was under immediate pressure to draw and fire right away. That will come out in the investigation. The primary deputy called for a second taser application. The deputy pulled out what she thought was a taser and fired a shot," said Deputy Scott Wilson, Kitsap County Sheriff's Department.
The deputy carried an older model M-26 taser with a similar grip and feel of her handgun.
The sheriff's department is phasing in new X-26 models, which are smaller and have a noticeably different feel than a handgun.
The man who took the unintended bullet was airlifted to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center with what sheriff's deputies say is a non-life-threatening wound to his leg.
The man has not yet been identified.
The Washington State Patrol is handling the investigation.
Since citizens are not given the deputy's name, do we treat all officers as suspects of a Negligent Discharge?
And for an update on felony criminal and Okanogan Sheriff's Sgt. Richard Waters, he has resigned from being one of our local armed protectors. Sniff, sniff... Why he couldn't be fired is another story, but don't worry:
Sheriff Frank Rogers said he has accepted Water’s resignation, and his office will complete all of the necessary paperwork to be turned into the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.
A 13-year veteran means he slipped through Washington States Criminal Justice standards to get a job in law enforcement in 1993. Sounds like they should have held some of our future criminals with badges to higher standards.
Maybe an ink blot test or two, or possible reading their palms to see if they will one day abuse their power might be necessary. Just don't make the test accurate or no one would graduate with a law enforcement degree. Better yet, lets call all those in law enforcement back in for a refresher course on Constitutional duties they have sworn to uphold. Pick your poison, but "Shall not infringe" certainly needs a refresher course.
Of course, arresting them for their numerous felonies of usurping the Constitution would also do the trick, but alas, they are... "the only ones."