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  • FHP commander shoots self in foot at firing range

    By KELLY CRAMER
    [email protected]
    posted 11/19/02

    Capt. Van Fussell is hurt as he puts his .40-caliber Glock back in its holster.

    Capt. Van Fussell, the district commander for the Florida Highway Patrol's Venice office, is treated by paramedics Monday after shooting himself. Doctors at Blake Medical Center treated Fussell and sent him home on crutches.
    MANATEE COUNTY -- The district commander for the Florida Highway Patrol's Venice office shot himself in the foot with a handgun Monday morning at the Manatee Technical Institute firing range.

    Capt. Van Fussell, who is seven months from retirement, was wiggling his toes before the ambulance took him away from the range. The bullet lodged in the sole of his sneaker.

    He shot his right foot just above the toes while he was putting his .40-caliber Glock back in its holster, according to Range Master and FHP Trooper A.J. Goodwin.

    Fussell, 64, doesn't know where his sneaker went. He said he doesn't remember what he was doing with his gun when he shot his foot.

    "It was an accident," Fussell said. "I'm fine. I don't have any problems."

    Doctors at Blake Medical Center treated Fussell and sent him home on crutches Monday afternoon.

    Fussell has been a Florida Highway Patrol trooper for 30 years. He was taking his biannual firearms qualification exam when he shot himself.

    The Glock, Fussell's off-duty weapon, does not have a safety. The FHP's service weapon, the .40-caliber Berretta, does have a safety.

    Goodwin said that in the 18 years he's given the exam, today's shooting was the first he'd seen.

    "He was doing well," Goodwin said. "Those Glocks are just really tricky."

    To qualify, law enforcement officers must shoot seven yards away from a target. They alternate shooting five to 10 shots at a time. Fussell had shot only eight or nine rounds before he began putting his gun away.

    Fussell has passed every weapons qualification examination since he became a trooper. He's never fired his weapon at anyone, according to Capt. Carlos Vazquez. The FHP is investigating the shooting, but Vazquez said it appears to have been an accident.

    Fussell shot himself before finishing the qualification exam, so he will have to retake it.

    He said he doesn't think he'll be out of work for long. As for his retirement, he's considering a move to North Carolina.

    News researcher Melissa L. Williams-Robinson contributed to this report.
    "Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open." Sir James Dewar 1842-1923

  • #2
    Yeah those Glocks are real tricky, pull hte trigger and they go BOOM!

    Keep that finger off the trigger.
    Do your best, do what is right

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    • #3
      "The Glock, Fussell's off-duty weapon, does not have a safety."

      Wrong. Glocks have THREE safeties. The only way to make them go bang is to pull the trigger.
      -Sparky

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      • #4
        And what exactly is your point in posting this Artie?

        Apparently you missed this quote: "Goodwin said that in the 18 years he's given the exam, today's shooting was the first he'd seen."

        What is your point? That accidents happen? Or is is a commentary about Glocks?

        Or could it be just another attempt to post something negative about guns by someone who has a pathalogical hatred of them?

        And before I move it, perhaps your'd like to explain what this even remotely has to do with Civil Rights?

        <small>[ 11-21-2002, 02:17 PM: Message edited by: Niteshift ]</small>

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        • #5
          Possible points Artie was trying to make:

          1. Capt. Van Fussell should consider early retirement.

          2. A.J. Goodwin might be a little slow if he thinks Glocks are "tricky".

          3. High ranking LEOs have no business with firearms.

          4. Guns are evil and will shoot even those who are qualified to handle them.

          5. Keep your danged finger off the trigger unless you intend to shoot something.
          Bill R

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          • #6
            It looks as though Artie is making another attempt to convince us of how much danger we're all in because of guns: Even carefully trained, career LEO's are subject to harm from guns.

            Fact: In nearly all cases, when a gun has a round in its chamber, and its trigger is pulled, it will fire. Anybody with any sense knows this. Complacency is the enemy.

            The problem with situations like the one above is not the gun, but carelessness.

            High ranking LEOs have no business with firearms.

            Most non-white-shirts I've known would say this could be Artie's first valid point on the topic of guns.

            <small>[ 11-21-2002, 05:11 PM: Message edited by: Bob A ]</small>
            "But if it be a sin to covet honor, I am the most offending soul alive." from Henry V, by Wm. Shakespeare

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