Officer Andy Hester evidently missed two very crucial pieces of education regarding the handling and use of weaponry.
First don’t play with it or handle it unless it is necessary.
Second, when dealing with a firearm, or firearm like weapon, keep your booger hook off the bang switch.
Had it been a civilian they would have been charged with assault, for that reason he goes on the count. Accident or not. While tasers are less lethal, they are still weapons and should be handled and treated as such.
State Sponsored Criminal Count: 133 – Andy Hester
Because playing with weaponry in public where others can be injured is perfectly acceptable if you’re a cop.
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.