Sacto 9-1-1
September 3, 2013
Lodi police would like to speak with boy who pulled trigger on officer's gun

Lodi police would like to speak with a child who they said came up behind an officer at a public event and pulled the trigger on his service weapon.

The SWAT officer involved in the accidental firing of the handgun suffered a grazing injury and was treated and released from a hospital. The boy who pulled the trigger left and has not been seen since.

Police also have not been able to identify the boy.

The officer was displaying tactical equipment to children when the boy, around 7 years old, walked up from behind the officer and pulled the trigger on the officer's handgun, which was holstered, according to a police press release.

The incident occurred Aug. 24 at a literacy fair held in a Lodi parking lot. The Glock handgun carried by the officer did not have an "external safety," said a police spokesman.

"This should have never happened, especially in an environment where children were present," said Lodi Police Chief Mark Helms. "As peace officers, we have a responsibility to the public to ensure our weapons and equipment are properly safeguarded. We're fortunate this event didn't result in a tragedy."

Chief Helms said police would like to speak to the child to better understand how the discharge of the firearm occurred.

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