02/19/2010

NJ officer dies from accidental gunshot wound

Officer Kevin Wilkins was trying to put a rubber sleeve on the grip of his pistol when it discharged

By PoliceOne Staff

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — An Atlantic City police officer died of an accidental gunshot wound while on duty. Authorities say that Officer Kevin B. Wilkins was trying to put a rubber sleeve on the grip of his pistol while sitting in his patrol car when he was struck in the face by the round in the chamber. He had removed the ammunition clip, but the gun accidentally discharged, according to The Associated Press.

The Press of Atlanta City reports that other officers were near the scene and rushed to save Wilkins, but he was pronounced dead 15 minutes after the incident. Wilkins was loved and respected in his community, and his death has been called a great loss by Police Chief John Mooney.

Officer Wilkins had served with the Atlantic City Police Department for two years, according to the Cape May County Herald.

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