Pa. officer who used gun instead of TASER won't face charges

The officer yelled "TASER!" as a warning, but mistakenly drew his gun and shot the man in the stomach

Associated Press

NEW HOPE, Pa. — A Pennsylvania police officer who mistakenly pulled his weapon rather than his stun gun won't face charges for shooting a man in police custody.

Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub says last month's shooting was an accident.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the officer, who retired Wednesday and whose name was not released, shot 38-year-old Brian Riling during a scuffle inside a holding cell at the New Hope Police Department on March 3.

Weintraub says as the officer struggled with Riling, he yelled "TASER!" as a warning, but mistakenly drew his gun and shot him in the stomach. Riling was in critical condition but has been released from the hospital.

Riling was in police custody after an arrest earlier that day on intimidation charges.

His attorney Richard Fink says he has no comment.

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