An investigation is underway by the PSNI and Police Ombudsman after a police officer’s personal protection weapon went off at a holiday park.
As reported by journalist Patricia Devlin of the Sunday World today, the officer is being questioned after the ‘glock pistol accidentally discharged’ and the bullet passed through his holiday home and struck his neighbour’s caravan.
The incident, which occurred during the Easter school holidays, happened close to the popular family destination of Benone Beach.
The officer has already been questioned as the PSNI piece together exactly how the incident occurred.
The Police Ombudsman was also informed and will independently carry out their own investigation.
The Sunday World also spoke to a security expert who told them that the incident would be treated as a ‘negligent discharge’ and that it was ‘not a sackable offence’ but it ‘could lead to a stiff enough’ outcome for the senior officer.
A spokesperson for the PSNI confirmed they are investigating the incident.
“Police are investigating an incident where an off duty officer accidentally discharged his firearm in a caravan in the Limavady area on the evening of Thursday 25th April.
“No one was injured as a result of the incident and, as is normal procedure, the office of the Police Ombudsman have been informed.”