Weapon Retention: Somebody built it wrong.

A Kanawha County sheriff’s deputy who works as a bailiff was injured Tuesday evening after his gun went off during a scuffle involving three deputies and a mental hygiene patient at the county Judicial Annex, police said.

The gun was still in Deputy Chris Atha’s holster when it discharged, causing the bottom of the holster to blow out and injure Atha’s leg, according to Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Rutherford. Officers are still trying to figure out how the gun went off, but the mental hygiene patient did have his hand on the holster, Rutherford said. The bullet did not strike anyone.

via The Charleston Gazette | Deputy wounded by shot after struggle in magistrate court.

I wonder which brand & model of holster is about to get raked over the coals.

2 Replies to “Weapon Retention: Somebody built it wrong.”

  1. Looks to be a Safariland 6280 in high gloss being carried by the one deputy in the photo. Departments tend to use the same holder for all….which is odd being that is only a level 2 holster.




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