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A 7 year old girl was shot dead by a 9 year old boy with a policeman’s pistol at a house in Ratsada Sub-district, Mueng District in Phuket. The police officer, a relative of the homeowner, later said he forgot he had left a loaded gun at the house. The girl was sent to Phuket Provincial Administrative Organization Hospital with a bullet wound to her chest. The hospital immediately reported the incident to the police. The girl later died at a hospital. The Superintendent of Mueng Phuket Police Station, Sarawut Chooprasert, told the media the incident took place at about […]

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The questions that should be asked are firstly why the gun was accessible to a child, and then how many handguns does a police officer need for the performance of his duties.

Perhaps a gift to the home owner for the blessing?

Now a child is dead and another one child will probably bear the guilt for years to come

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This policeman must lose his job immediately. Failure to take care of something like securing your gun is a serious problem. If it weren't for his child who had died with this weapon, he would have ended up in jail as well.  

 

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Agree the officer should be fired. There was an FBI special agent that left his piece hanging on the inside door hook of a public toilet so he could drop his pants. It was recovered by a civilian and returned. As a retired LEO I could list many mishaps with firearms, they are way more common than you might think. Most people know of someone locking the car, or home with the keys left behind, not much different, but unfortunate a child lost her life, a child scared for life, and an officer that will carry this tragedy for life.

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Viggen840 asks: The questions that should be asked are firstly why the gun was accessible to a child, and then how many handguns does a police officer need for the performance of his duties.

Doubt the pistol was intentionally accessible to the child. "The police officer, a relative of the homeowner, later said he forgot he had left a loaded gun at the house." The weapon was a pistol which was probably his duty sidearm. The most common weapons available to most US officers are the semiauto pistol and shotgun and or long gun. I rural areas of the country a pistol and long gun/rifle. In places like Chicago where I worked many officers carry a backup pistol or small revolver should the pistol malfunction. SWAT officers have an arsenal of specialized weaponry only available for high risk incidents. . 

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