Posted on June 27, 2012 at 10:04 AM
Thursday, Jun 28 at 12:14 AM
FORT MILL, S.C. -- A York County Sheriff's sergeant was suspended after he accidentally discharged a firearm in a Fort Mill branch office in April.
According to the police report, sergeant James Brown was discussing “dry firing” techniques with another deputy. In the process, Brown took out his own duty weapon, insured it was clear and set it down next to the other deputy’s weapon.
While discussing a technique Brown picked up the other deputies service weapon and did not insure that the weapon was clear of ammunition before pulling the trigger.
One round was discharged traveling through a wall and striking a computer monitor. No one was injured during the incident, according to the report.
Brown was suspended without pay for 22 hours and is responsible for damages at the office.
The York County Sheriff’s office said it's taking steps to ensure accidents of this nature never happen again in the future through stronger policies, procedures and protocol.