Three injured as 2-year-old fires deputy’s pistol inside Wendy’s restaurant

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A Kel-Tec P-3AT similar to the weapon fired in the incident. (Credit: Wikipedia)

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. — A sheriff’s deputy’s young son fired his father’s handgun while they were standing in line at a Wendy’s restaurant last week, inflicting minor wounds on himself and several other people.

The two-year-old was fishing around in his father’s pants pocket looking for a snack, the Florida Times-Union reported. The boy apparently located his father’s personal .380-caliber Kel-Tec pistol in the pocket and accidentally pulled the trigger.

The round blew a hole in the deputy’s pants and struck the floor, the newspaper reported. Bullet fragments hit the boy, his grandfather and two women standing nearby, police said.

All suffered minor cuts but were not hospitalized.

Crime scene investigators looked over the scene. Clay County officials determined that no crime was committed, and the deputy, Sgt. Matthew Magish, remained on duty.

Read more at the Florida Times-Union

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6 comments

  • Nikki

    I’m all for gun rights and believe in our rights to bear arms but the officer was negligent. For one wouldnt he realize his gun was in the same pocket his son was digging in? And two .380 are tough to shoot so the boy had to put some effort into it. Why wasnt the officer aware of what was going on and trying to protect his son and civilians?

      • Anonymous

        KelTec P3ATs don’t have a safety—similar to how there isn’t a safety on a revolver. Instead they use a long and heavy (8lbs?) trigger pull.

        The first comment is right on: “Why didn’t the officer (Deputy) know his son was digging around in his pocket where he kept his firearm?

  • Anonymous

    And if anyone else had let that happen they would be charged immediately. The kid must have “feared for his life”, as usual.

  • Steve S

    “Crime scene investigators looked over the scene. Clay County officials determined that no crime was committed, and the deputy, Sgt. Matthew Magish, remained on duty.”

    So this is what I can expect too under the same circumstances, or would I have been arrested for something? Child endangerment? Breaking the peace? Something?

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