Keith Tilbury, 51, a control-room operator, was injured after a police marksman's gun went off accidentally.How can that happen, you ask? Well, it helps if the police marksman in question is a fool who shouldn’t be allowed to handle an electric drill, never mind a firearm:
Mr Tilbury was one of a dozen staff sitting in a semi-circle around PC David Micklethwaite.Get that..? ‘It’ suddenly went off. All by itself…
The constable was giving a lecture to employees and showing the kind of weapons police officers can come up against.
While he was demonstrating the Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum, the gun used by Clint Eastwood in the Dirty Harry movies, it suddenly went off.
Although still employed by the police Mr Tilbury has not returned to work.Can’t really blame him….
PC Micklethwaite said he had no idea the handgun was loaded with live ammunition.You know, I’ve never fired anything bigger than a cap pistol in real life (though I’m a dab hand with all sorts of stuff in FPS games), but even I know that you always assume a gun is loaded, treat it accordingly and you never point it at someone or pull the trigger. You certainly don’t claim ‘I didn’t know it was loaded…’ and expect that to somehow exonerate you.
He was not charged following the shooting but has been taken off firearms duties.
Perhaps the next criminal scumbag to shoot someone ‘accidentally’ can try that defence?
A second official also told an investigation he believed the weapon was unloaded.‘Oooopsie! Isn’t our face red…?’
Mr Tilbury, of Hersham, Surrey, has taken out a High Court writ against the Thames Valley chief constable.They’ll settle out of court. Bet the farm on that one. They can’t afford to have a jury hear this tale of sheer, utter incompetence…
A Thames Valley Police spokesman confirmed the writ had been received but was unable to make any further comment.