LEO Near Miss: Missed gun on seat during routine traffic stop

Voluntary, non-disciplinary officer safety initiative allows law enforcement personnel to read about and anonymously share stories of close calls


Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Near Miss is a voluntary, non-disciplinary officer safety initiative that allows law enforcement personnel to read about and anonymously share stories of close calls or “near misses,” which provide lessons learned that can protect fellow officers in similar situations.

The following submission involves a missed gun on a seat during a routine traffic stop. 

Event Summary

During a routine traffic stop, I asked the driver for his license, registration and insurance and returned to my patrol car. Upon running the driver’s license, dispatch advised me of warrants for the subject. I requested backup and waited for another officer to arrive. When cover arrived, I approached the stopped vehicle in an appropriate manner with cover and maintained good officer safety throughout the contact.

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