Matthew Hovland-Knase, 21, was driving a motorcycle at excessive speeds when police decided to give chase. Reaching speeds of over 100mph, he led them on a dangerous pursuit until he eventually decided to pull over. Because of his behavior, officers treated the situation like a felony stop.
Now, I am not sure exactly what that means, ‘felony stop’, but I am pretty sure that ‘accidentally discharging’ a weapon is not supposed to be part of it. Yet that is exactly what happened. One of the officers had an ‘oopsy` that resulted in the weapon firing into the suspects arm.
Officers then began to administer first aid on Matthew and noted that he smelled strongly of alcohol. He has since been charged with a felony offense, Fleeing a Peace Officer, and more charges may be brought when results of his blood test return.
Meanwhile Sgt. Lonnie Soppeland, the officer who was unable to properly handle his state-issued deadly weapon, is on paid vacation, pending investigation. The investigation will be to determine whether the shooting shenanigans were accidental or not, but until it is complete, officials refuse to give any information in the case.
The most recent available statistics show that in 2013 there were 29 weapon discharge incidents with nine of them attributed to accidents or shots not fired at individuals.
I have known people who have owned hundreds of guns throughout their life and never once had one of their weapons ‘accidentally discharge’. The fact that it can happen to police officers with such alarming regularity is cause for major concern.
When those entrusted with our protection and safety have such a high rate of firearms whoopsies, as well as especially trigger happy fingers, you have to really wonder just how well they are being trained. Or maybe its just a side effect of that low IQ thing the police are into these days. Some dogs just can’t be taught any tricks.
The moral of this story is that if you drive drunk and flee from police, you are going to jail; but if you endanger someones life by accidentally shooting them, you’re going to Disneyland, baby!