A Shreveport police officer is under an administrative investigation after he accidentally fired his department-issued gun while teaching two summer interns about gun safety.
Cpl. Marcus Hines accidentally fired his department-issued .40-caliber Glock handgun around 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20, while inside his office, according to a police report.
Hines told the department that neither he nor the two public information office interns — a 21-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man — were injured.
Hines’s work assignment is to serve as a department spokesman. Calls to him Thursday evening regarding the incident were not returned.
According to police reports, Hines and the interns recently returned from watching the department’s special response team receive tactical training when Hines began to discuss department-issued weapons and gun safety.
During the conversation, Hines unholstered his gun, removed the magazine and then removed a round from the chamber. He was telling the interns how one should always point the gun in a safe direction when it fired, said Chief Administrative Assistant Ben Raymond in a statement.
The round penetrated the carpet of Hines’ office. Police later removed round fragments near Hines’ desk and took photos of the scene, police said.
After the gun went off, Hines followed police protocol and contacted a supervisor. Hines was then taken to Willis-Knighton Work Kare for substance-abuse screening, police said.
Hines told police he was trying to make the weapon “safe” when the gun went off. The two interns went to lunch after the gun fired but were ordered back to the station for interviews, police said. They backed up Hines’ statement.
The male intern said he remembered seeing Hines removing the magazine and a round from the chamber. The female intern said Hines “did something” to the gun but she was unsure what. She said Hines was talking about pointing the gun in a safe direction when it fired.
The female intern said her ear felt “weird.” A doctor at Willis Knighton Work Kare North told her that he didn’t believe there was any permanent damage to her hearing but that she should return if she continues to have problems.
Hines remains on duty, said Cpl. Angie Willhite, spokesperson for the police department.