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Posted: 2/20/2006 3:41:36 PM EDT
Firearm Inside Overturned Truck Discharges, Killing Virignia State Trooper


Updated: February 19th, 2006 09:25 PM EDT


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Trooper Kevin C. Manion




9 News, WUSA
Reprinted with Permission


Trooper Kevin C. Manion was killed in the line of duty Saturday afternoon, Feb. 18, 2006 in a shooting in Clarke County.

“This is a tremendous loss shared by every member of our Department,” Colonel W. Steven Flaherty said in a state police news release. “Our hearts and prayers are with the Manion family as they come to terms with the devastating loss of a beloved son and brother.”

Trooper Manion, 27, joined the Virginia State Police in October 2002 and graduated June 6, 2003 as a member of the 104th Basic Session. His first patrol assignment was Prince William County. Trooper Manion transferred to the Virginia State Police Area 13 Office in Winchester in July 2005 and was assigned to Warren County.

Trooper Manion is a native of Millboro in Bath County. He earned a bachelor’s degree in geography from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg and an associate’s degree in education from Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in Clifton Forge.

The circumstances surrounding Trooper Manion’s death are still under investigation by the Virginia State Police and Clarke County Sheriff’s Office. Assisting state police at the scene were the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and City of Winchester Police Department.

The shooting incident occurred shortly before 2 p.m. on Route 649 in Clarke County following a single-vehicle crash involving a Ford Ranger pickup truck that had run off the road and overturned onto its side. As the damaged pickup truck was being moved, a firearm inside it discharged and Trooper Manion was struck in the chest. The other trooper on scene was not injured.

Link Posted: 2/20/2006 3:46:17 PM EDT
Freak Accident.
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 3:46:27 PM EDT


Link Posted: 2/20/2006 3:47:19 PM EDT
Wonder what firearm it was..
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 3:49:31 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Tonster:
Freak Accident.



You got that right. Absolutely freakish............firearm discharging.........trooper in line of fire...........very sad.
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 3:53:26 PM EDT
That's not the right way for anyone to go out.
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 3:53:45 PM EDT
You would definitely have a better chance of being struck by lightning. Getting hit by a meteor couldn't be that far behind...

Link Posted: 2/20/2006 3:54:48 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 3:56:30 PM EDT
wow. That's hard to believe. The odds of that happening are like winning the powerball twice in a row. Very sad though, that poor guy had terrible luck
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 3:56:56 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 3:57:47 PM EDT
have to have been a fairly old weapon to discharge without someone pulling the trigger. Then again maybe something got wedged in the trigger guard an pressed against the trigger.
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 4:00:56 PM EDT
Did it miss/penetrate his vest? Damn, that is a crappy way to check out.
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 4:02:44 PM EDT
See, guns really DO kill people!

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Link Posted: 2/20/2006 4:03:17 PM EDT
Damn that sucks. Definitely a freak accident. My condolences to his family.
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 4:03:39 PM EDT
Damned.
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 4:03:44 PM EDT
Sucks.
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 4:04:59 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 4:05:23 PM EDT
REST IN PEACE BROTHER

Link Posted: 2/20/2006 4:13:35 PM EDT
Wow, that's sad.

Strange, a jostle and something snagging the trigger is my guess.

GM
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 4:20:36 PM EDT
I live in Richmond VA and heard it on the radio. I call BS on the gun just "discharging". Thats like saying Cheney was 30 yards away!
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 5:04:47 PM EDT
this incident happened quite literally within a few miles from where i live (a couple miles from the intersection of rt. 340 and rt. 50), the last report i heard was that the bullet entered underneath his arm and missed his vest. the two occupents of the vehicle had just been arrested for DUI and upon searching the truck the incident happened. i thought that there was a law against carrying a loaded weapon in vehicles here in VA (i'll have to do some research). charges are pending against the two occupants of the truck... i'm thinking negligent homicide or involuntary manslaughter. the trooper's car has become a memorial at the barracks in winchester... it started with a couple flowers then a wreath now there's flowers abound.
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 5:08:58 PM EDT
It's also possible that one of the Troopers mishandled the weapon and had an ND with it while searching the vehicle. Sad.

It's BS that they appear to be wanting to charge the occupants for something that happened while they were cuffed in a squad car. But not suprising.
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 5:25:46 PM EDT
Was it a Glock???
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 5:27:08 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 5:55:21 PM EDT
"was it a glock?"

they haven't said yet if it was a long gun or handgun.

"i thought that there was a law against carrying a loaded weapon in vehicles here in VA (i'll have to do some research)."

The carrying of any concealed firearm by a person about his person, hid from common observation, is prohibited.

Exceptions to this prohibition include:

1. carrying in one`s place of abode or the curtilage thereof.

2. any regularly enrolled member of a target shooting organization who is at, or going to or from, an established shooting range, provided that the weapons are unloaded and securely wrapped while being transported.
3. any regularly enrolled member of a weapons collection organization who is at, or going to or from, a bonafide weapons exhibition, provided the weapons are unloaded and securely wrapped while being transported.
4. any person carrying such weapons between his place of abode and a place of purchase or repair, provided the weapons are unloaded and securely wrapped while being transported.

if they followed the law the trooper would still be alive.

Link Posted: 2/20/2006 6:15:43 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 6:17:09 PM EDT
Been on the news a lot today. They didn't say what kind of gun or how it discharged.

Link Posted: 2/20/2006 6:32:48 PM EDT

Originally Posted By TheKill:
It's also possible that one of the Troopers mishandled the weapon and had an ND with it while searching the vehicle. Sad.

It's BS that they appear to be wanting to charge the occupants for something that happened while they were cuffed in a squad car. But not suprising.



Why do some people automatically go for some kind of conspiracy answer to everything?
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 6:34:39 PM EDT
Weird news..
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 6:35:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By AR15fan:

As the damaged pickup truck was being moved, a firearm inside it discharged and Trooper Manion was struck in the chest. The other trooper on scene was not injured.




Link Posted: 2/20/2006 6:38:44 PM EDT
Rest in Peace Officer Manion.
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 7:18:04 PM EDT

Originally Posted By tc556guy:

Originally Posted By TheKill:
It's also possible that one of the Troopers mishandled the weapon and had an ND with it while searching the vehicle. Sad.

It's BS that they appear to be wanting to charge the occupants for something that happened while they were cuffed in a squad car. But not suprising.



Why do some people automatically go for some kind of conspiracy answer to everything?



Not thinking conspiracy. Perhaps my post jumped the gun a bit. The story isn't real clear on what actually happened. However, if the troopers were searching the car when the rifle discharged, I think we can all agree that something or someone pressed the trigger, most likely unintentionally.

Whenever someone posts their ND story, everyone posts "guns don't go off unless the trigger is pulled". As far as I know, it is generally true.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 3:20:57 AM EDT

Originally Posted By TheKill:
[Not thinking conspiracy. Perhaps my post jumped the gun a bit. The story isn't real clear on what actually happened. However, if the troopers were searching the car when the rifle discharged, I think we can all agree that something or someone pressed the trigger, most likely unintentionally.

Whenever someone posts their ND story, everyone posts "guns don't go off unless the trigger is pulled". As far as I know, it is generally true.



I'll repost the info we have


As the damaged pickup truck was being moved, a firearm inside it discharged and Trooper Manion was struck in the chest. The other trooper on scene was not injured.


Ever been at any MVA yourself? Ever see what its like to have to turn over a vehicle thats been overturned? Ever see what happens to the contents of said vehicle? Thats why I believe how the original story was presented. While its not mentioned, other than the other officer noted, we have a tow trruck operator who was doing the tow. I don't think the story would be as released if the tow truck guy was there to witness anything different.

The officer was too young to be from that generation of guys who refuses to wear their vests even today. If it penetrated his vest, I would say it had to be an unlucky shot that hit an unprotected area, or some type of long gun.

Link Posted: 2/21/2006 4:17:23 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/21/2006 4:25:29 AM EDT by John_Wayne777]

Originally Posted By AR15fan:
“This is a tremendous loss shared by every member of our Department,” Colonel W. Steven Flaherty said in a state police news release. “Our hearts and prayers are with the Manion family as they come to terms with the devastating loss of a beloved son and brother.”

Trooper Manion, 27, joined the Virginia State Police in October 2002 and graduated June 6, 2003 as a member of the 104th Basic Session. His first patrol assignment was Prince William County. Trooper Manion transferred to the Virginia State Police Area 13 Office in Winchester in July 2005 and was assigned to Warren County.

Trooper Manion is a native of Millboro in Bath County. He earned a bachelor’s degree in geography from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg and an associate’s degree in education from Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in Clifton Forge.

The circumstances surrounding Trooper Manion’s death are still under investigation by the Virginia State Police and Clarke County Sheriff’s Office. Assisting state police at the scene were the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and City of Winchester Police Department.

The shooting incident occurred shortly before 2 p.m. on Route 649 in Clarke County following a single-vehicle crash involving a Ford Ranger pickup truck that had run off the road and overturned onto its side. As the damaged pickup truck was being moved, a firearm inside it discharged and Trooper Manion was struck in the chest. The other trooper on scene was not injured.




Holy crap!

That was around here. How did I not hear about it?

It sounds to me like some dingbat had his rifle in a rifle rack or a bubba'd rifle rack with the damn thing loaded, the trigger caught on something, and BOOM.

Either that or someone was f*cking with it and BOOM.

Did the round go through his vest, or did it hit in an armhole or below the vest or something?? The rifles you see in gunracks (or tied to the damn truck with WIRE THROUGH THE TRIGGER GUARD) are usually deer rifles or .22 rifles....

Either way, that sucks!
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 4:17:53 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Fidel:
Wonder what firearm it was..



Most likely a bolt-action or lever action rifle. Knowing what most people carry in gun racks around here....
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 4:18:29 AM EDT

Originally Posted By JFP:
have to have been a fairly old weapon to discharge without someone pulling the trigger. Then again maybe something got wedged in the trigger guard an pressed against the trigger.



That is probably what happened.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 4:21:26 AM EDT

Originally Posted By OffKilter:
this incident happened quite literally within a few miles from where i live (a couple miles from the intersection of rt. 340 and rt. 50), the last report i heard was that the bullet entered underneath his arm and missed his vest. the two occupents of the vehicle had just been arrested for DUI and upon searching the truck the incident happened. i thought that there was a law against carrying a loaded weapon in vehicles here in VA



There are.

Firearms that are not covered under a concealed handgun permit are supposed to be carried unloaded and cased.

But few people bother to do it. If you live around here, you know how many trucks with gunracks you see on the road.....

Other than DUI and a violation of weapons transport laws, I don't know what the two dunderheads could be charged with....
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 4:22:09 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/21/2006 4:23:28 AM EDT by John_Wayne777]
DT
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 4:32:54 AM EDT

Originally Posted By John_Wayne777:
Other than DUI and a violation of weapons transport laws, I don't know what the two dunderheads could be charged with....



Give me a break.

Locally, a firefighter died while fighting an arson fire.
The guy who set the fire was charged with manslaughter.

Locally, a police officer who reached inside a car and grabbed the steering wheel as it was
attempting to flee fell to the ground and died. The guy driving went to prison for manslaughter.

Someone posted a month ago or so about a car and motorcycle who were drag racing.
Motorcycle hit someone else. The driver of the car he was racing was charged with manslaughter.

When a cop dies in the line of duty, SOMEONE is going to pay for it.

Link Posted: 2/21/2006 4:49:57 AM EDT

Originally Posted By jvm:
Was it a Glock???



Probably. Glocks are the only guns out there that I know of which discharge on their own.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 5:26:07 AM EDT

Originally Posted By TheKill:

Originally Posted By tc556guy:

Originally Posted By TheKill:
It's also possible that one of the Troopers mishandled the weapon and had an ND with it while searching the vehicle. Sad.

It's BS that they appear to be wanting to charge the occupants for something that happened while they were cuffed in a squad car. But not suprising.



Why do some people automatically go for some kind of conspiracy answer to everything?



Not thinking conspiracy. Perhaps my post jumped the gun a bit. The story isn't real clear on what actually happened. However, if the troopers were searching the car when the rifle discharged, I think we can all agree that something or someone pressed the trigger, most likely unintentionally.

Whenever someone posts their ND story, everyone posts "guns don't go off unless the trigger is pulled". As far as I know, it is generally true.



since the gun was in a wrecked truck i assumed it was a rifle, perhaps behind the seat, which had the action damged in the collision in a manner that allowed the hammer to slip off the sear hooks when bumped or moved.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 5:29:14 AM EDT

Originally Posted By The_Reaper:
Give me a break.

Locally, a firefighter died while fighting an arson fire.
The guy who set the fire was charged with manslaughter.



That was a deliberate action which could forseeably cause someone getting killed. Depraved indifference, etc.




Locally, a police officer who reached inside a car and grabbed the steering wheel as it was
attempting to flee fell to the ground and died. The guy driving went to prison for manslaughter.



Same thing.



Someone posted a month ago or so about a car and motorcycle who were drag racing.
Motorcycle hit someone else. The driver of the car he was racing was charged with manslaughter.



Again, a depraved indifference arguement can be made.

But that kind of arguement is much harder to make if the suspects took no direct action to cause the fatal shooting of the trooper.



When a cop dies in the line of duty, SOMEONE is going to pay for it.



I have no doubt that the DUI and weapon violations will be punished stiffly, but I don't believe they can even get a manslaughter charge out of this one.

Judges still read the law, you know....
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 6:20:42 AM EDT

Originally Posted By The_Reaper:

Originally Posted By John_Wayne777:
Other than DUI and a violation of weapons transport laws, I don't know what the two dunderheads could be charged with....



Give me a break.

Locally, a firefighter died while fighting an arson fire.
The guy who set the fire was charged with manslaughter.

Locally, a police officer who reached inside a car and grabbed the steering wheel as it was
attempting to flee fell to the ground and died. The guy driving went to prison for manslaughter.

Someone posted a month ago or so about a car and motorcycle who were drag racing.
Motorcycle hit someone else. The driver of the car he was racing was charged with manslaughter.

When a cop dies in the line of duty, SOMEONE is going to pay for it.



Why do cops deserve retribution more than anyone else?

Since when is grabbing onto a moving vehical an inteligent decision? Some moron doing something illegal does not ecuses you from doing something stupid.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 6:43:39 AM EDT
Please don't turn this tragic incident into a cop bashing thread.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 6:44:12 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Bama-Shooter:
Please don't turn this tragic incident into a cop bashing thread.



Too late.

Link Posted: 2/21/2006 6:50:48 AM EDT

Originally Posted By John_Wayne777:

Originally Posted By Bama-Shooter:
Please don't turn this tragic incident into a cop bashing thread.



Too late.





+1

bash away guys, it makes for an interesting read.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 7:31:09 AM EDT
Quite possible. I've seen accidents where this happened. One during the actual collision and the other while EMS was pulling the decedent from the car. Both times Mossberg shotguns. Nobody hurt in those cases fortunately.

One gang banger here managed to shoot himself in the gut with an SKS across the back seat when he slid off the roadway, but I didn't work that one.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 8:00:26 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/21/2006 8:09:30 AM EDT by OffKilter]

Firearms that are not covered under a concealed handgun permit are supposed to be carried unloaded and cased. But few people bother to do it.


they were negligent + someone (regardless of whether it was a police officer) died because of their negligence = negligent homocide


If you live around here, you know how many trucks with gunracks you see on the road.....


and guns are allowed on those racks only between dawn to dusk... you are also prohibited from discharging a firearm from, across or within 200 (?) yards from a public road so why would you need a loaded (with one in the chamber) rifle on your gunrack? is it really that hard to cycle one round?

ETA:they just announced that the driver was charged with DUI and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 8:02:10 AM EDT
that guy won the unlucky lottery
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 10:09:44 AM EDT
That's just wrong! No 2 ways about it.......... I feel for his friends and family. I could imagine trying to explain that to his wife how it happened. I do wonder what was the cause of the accident, and if the firearm was secured properly or not. Sad day no matter what....
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 10:12:37 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Red1Alpha:
That's just wrong! No 2 ways about it.......... I feel for his friends and family. I could imagine trying to explain that to his wife how it happened. I do wonder what was the cause of the accident, and if the firearm was secured properly or not. Sad day no matter what....



I think it is safe to assume that the firearm was NOT properly secured, as it appeared to be loaded. Knowing how the drunk bubbas like to drive their trucks, I would say that it was loaded and in a gunrack, perhaps a makeshift gunrack, when they had the accident.

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