“I’m not going to say anything right now, but that was not intentional, I can tell you that.”
Those are the words of a Minnesota police officer who negligently fired his handgun and struck a motorcyclist on the side of the road.
According to the post on LiveLeak:
Eden Prairie, MN – An Eden Prairie police officer who accidentally shot a man in the arm, following a high-speed chase, blames the mistake on the “high stress” of the situation and “muscle memory” from training 20 days before the shooting
The shooting happened on June 20, 2015.
Sergeant Lonnie Soppeland had been pursuing Matthew Hovland-Knase at speeds above 110 miles per hour, according to police reports. At one point, Hovland-Knase pulled the motorcycle over and Soppeland emerged from his squad car with his gun drawn.
In video of the shooting, there is the sound of a gun shot, followed by Soppeland uttering expletives, and Hovland-Knase moaning and saying “I’m bleeding.” Within seconds of the shooting, Soppeland gathers medical supplies and provides first aid.
He also apologizes. “Oh, you actually shot me, didn’t ya? Hovland-Knase asks. “I’m not going to say anything right now, but was not intentional. I can tell you that,” Soppeland replies. “I know it wasn’t,” says Hovland-Knase. Hovland-Knase was later convicted of fleeing an officer, according to court records.
Check out the footage:
You have to feel for the young man in a way. It was an accidental shooting and we are glad he’s alright, it could have been so much worse.
H/T – LiveLeak
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