06/12/2007

Pistol kept under pillow accidentally discharges; Ga. officer injured

The Associated Press

ALBANY, Ga. — An Albany police officer was shot in the wrist when a gun she kept under her pillow went off.

Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek says 34-year-old Sergeant Kinshishi Adams was lying in bed Sunday when the .40-caliber pistol she kept under her pillow discharged and struck her in her left wrist.

She is hospitalized at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

Cheek says she sustained a serious wound to the wrist and underwent surgery Sunday night. He calls the gun discharging "just a freak accident."

The incident is being investigated by county police since it happened in their jurisdiction. The Albany Police Department is conducting an internal investigation.

Both Cheek and Albany police stressed the importance of gun safety in the wake of the accident.

 

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