BRAINTREE, Massachusetts — Two cops were injured at the funeral of a slain police officer when a butter-fingered sergeant’s gun went off after he accidentally dropped it, officials said.
The incident occurred as thousands of cops gathered to lay Weymouth, Massachusetts Police Officer Michael Chesna to rest on July 20 after he had been fatally shot while investigating a car crash.
As Cranston, Rhode Island Police Sgt. Michael Patnaud, was removing his honor guard uniform aboard a police bus, his .40 caliber Glock 22 fell from his holster and went off when he tried to catch it, cops said.
“It was accidental,” Braintree Police Chief Paul Shastany told the Patriot Ledger.
The bullet passed through the side of the bus and ricocheted off the asphalt on the street below, sending debris flying which stuck two officers with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology police force.
One officer was hit on the hand and the other just above the eye, although neither was seriously hurt. Both refused medical attention.
Because no one was hurt, Patnaud remains on duty, the Cranston police said.
“Obviously, we feel terrible. I know he does, too,” Cranston Police Col. Michael J. Winquist told the Providence Journal. “He’s a person that’s never had an incident like this, ever. He’s very proficient with firearms and has had a lot of training over the course of his career.”