This just came to my attention, but may have been on the television news (I don't watch). I like the way this incident was written up, which is why I wanted to share it, it's not anti-gun, surprisingly. I do like how the police department spokesman said "safety switch". LOL! Freak shot wounds retired St. Paul cop at Minneapolis gun show Second officer's holster apparently caught on his chair By Nick Ferraro firstname.lastname@example.org Updated: 02/22/2009 10:49:30 PM CST A retired St. Paul police officer was wounded Saturday when a pistol belonging to an off-duty Minneapolis police officer accidentally discharged at a gun show. Both men were working security at the Minneapolis Gun Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center when the accident happened about 1:15 p.m., said Minneapolis police spokesman Sgt. Jesse Garcia. The semi-automatic pistol went off when the off-duty officer's holster got caught on a chair when he was either leaning back or getting up, Garcia said. One bullet hit the floor, and fragmented pieces struck the 61-year-old retired officer in a leg and hand, Garcia said. He was treated for a small wound and released Saturday. A bullet fragment also grazed the Minneapolis police officer's pant leg. The officer, who has been on the force for more than 20 years, was not injured. Garcia called the incident a "freak accident." "You could probably sit in the chair 10,000 times and it will never happen again," he said. The retired officer was working for a private security firm hired by the gun show, while the off-duty, uniformed Minneapolis officer was hired by the convention center, Garcia said. Both men were near a check-in table that was set up to make sure guns were inoperable, he said. Their names were not available Sunday. Minneapolis police will perform an internal investigation, which will include an examination of the gun and holster, Garcia said. But because the incident was an accident, the department will not consider any discipline, he added. Minneapolis officers keep the safety switch off when carrying guns in a holster, Garcia said. "When you need it, you need it," he said. "Every split second counts." Most people inside the convention center were unaware of the incident, Garcia said. "There was a cheerleader show and a dog show going on there, too, and it was business as usual," he said. "I'm sure 90 percent of those there didn't even know it happened."