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Posted: 3/6/2006 5:59:21 AM EDT
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Horseplay ends with a bullet in the foot

MOUNT PLEASANT - Horseplay in the police squad room ended with one officer being shot in the foot, but no criminal charges will be filed.

Mount Pleasant Officer Ron Langworthy, a 19-year department veteran, shot Officer David Van Dyke after he jokingly asked someone to shoot him.

Van Dyke, a 10-year veteran, gave his off-duty revolver to Langworthy last month, stuck out his leg and "indicated for Langworthy to shoot him in the foot," Isabella County Prosecutor Larry Burdick said.

Burdick said Langworthy didn't realize the gun had live ammunition until he saw blood coming from Van Dyke's boot. Both had been training with blanks.

Criminal charges will not be filed, but Police Chief Bill Yeagley disciplined the two police officers.

"We've all learned some lessons here," Yeagley said. "We plan to not have to learn them again."


Lessons have been learned.........mmmkay
Link Posted: 3/6/2006 6:01:11 AM EDT
Should be placed in jobs that do not require carrying firearms, since they are ill-
suited to utilize them.
Link Posted: 3/6/2006 6:01:13 AM EDT
<---------Chuckles as he shakes his head in amazment of stupidity.
Link Posted: 3/6/2006 6:02:59 AM EDT
He saw fur-lined boots and couldn't help himself?




- BG
Link Posted: 3/6/2006 6:06:40 AM EDT
Well at least they are only shooting each other
Link Posted: 3/6/2006 6:06:58 AM EDT
Cops with guns are dangerous
Link Posted: 3/6/2006 6:27:54 AM EDT
Couple of wild and crazy guys....
Link Posted: 3/6/2006 6:29:44 AM EDT
Stupid should hurt.
Link Posted: 3/6/2006 6:30:57 AM EDT
At least it wasn't a Glock fotay...

Morons
Link Posted: 3/6/2006 6:31:05 AM EDT
Ugh, 29 years of experience between them and they still both make a mistake like that.z
Link Posted: 3/6/2006 6:33:33 AM EDT
Hmm, interesting. With the threads we've had in the last few weeks about posters that have had ND's....and the HELL they went through because of them, when they didn't even actually hit another person, ya gotta say...

"It's good to be the king"

Sorry, but this is bullshit. They should be fired, all their guns taken away from them until resolution, they should have to pay the crazy legal costs, just like any other joe blow....
Link Posted: 3/6/2006 6:51:44 AM EDT

Originally Posted By pzjgr:
Hmm, interesting. With the threads we've had in the last few weeks about posters that have had ND's....and the HELL they went through because of them, when they didn't even actually hit another person, ya gotta say...

"It's good to be the king"

Sorry, but this is bullshit. They should be fired, all their guns taken away from them until resolution, they should have to pay the crazy legal costs, just like any other joe blow....



Michigan Law
752.861 Careless, reckless or negligent use of firearms; penalty.


Sec. 1.

Any person who, because of carelessness, recklessness or negligence, but not wilfully or wantonly, shall cause or allow any firearm under his immediate control, to be discharged so as to kill or injure another person, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 2 years, or by a fine of not more than $2,000.00, or by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than 1 year, in the discretion of the court.

Link Posted: 3/6/2006 6:55:19 AM EDT

Originally Posted By headspace:
Michigan Law
752.861 Careless, reckless or negligent use of firearms; penalty.


Sec. 1.

Any person who, because of carelessness, recklessness or negligence, but not wilfully or wantonly, shall cause or allow any firearm under his immediate control, to be discharged so as to kill or injure another person, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 2 years, or by a fine of not more than $2,000.00, or by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than 1 year, in the discretion of the court.




Silly peasant, the king and his men are above the law.
Link Posted: 3/6/2006 6:57:13 AM EDT
Snicker
Link Posted: 3/6/2006 7:03:31 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/6/2006 7:04:32 AM EDT by headspace]
Michigan Law
752.861 Careless, reckless or negligent use of firearms; penalty.


Sec. 1.

Any person other than Law Enforcement Officers who, because of carelessness, recklessness or negligence, but not wilfully or wantonly, shall cause or allow any firearm under his immediate control, to be discharged so as to kill or injure another person, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 2 years, or by a fine of not more than $2,000.00, or by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than 1 year, in the discretion of the court.


Fixed it
Link Posted: 3/6/2006 7:12:44 AM EDT
www.themorningsun.com/stories/030406/loc_police001.shtml


No charges will be filed in police shooting


By SUSAN FIELD
Clare Managing Editor

Criminal charges will not be filed against two police officers involved in an accidental shooting when a joke went awry two weeks ago.

Mt. Pleasant Police Chief Bill Yeagley, however, handed down discipline to Officers Ron Langworthy and David Van Dyke in connection with the Feb. 21 squad-room incident in which Langworthy, a 19-year veteran of the department, shot Van Dyke in the foot after Van Dyke jokingly asked someone to shoot him.

Van Dyke, who has been with the department 10 years, gave his off-duty revolver to Langworthy, stuck out his leg and "indicated for Langworthy to shoot him in the foot," according to a news release issued Friday by Isabella County Prosecutor Larry Burdick, based on information from state police Detective Sgt. Ed Doyle's report on the incident.

Doyle, whom Yeagley called to conduct a separate investigation from the department's internal examination, questioned Langworthy, Van Dyke and three other officers who were in the squad room when the shooting occurred, Burdick said.

Knowing that Van Dyke was on break from training and that Van Dyke is a firearms instructor, Langworthy believed the gun contained blank or "simunition," very low speed projectiles used in training.

Langworthy pointed the gun and pulled the trigger, Burdick said.

Only when he saw Van Dyke's reaction and saw blood on his boot did Langworthy realize that the weapon contained live ammunition, Burdick said.

The other officers in the squad room did not immediately realize Van Dyke had been shot.

Van Dyke told Doyle that he and Langworthy had trained many times using blanks and simunitions, and that coming from training, he understood how Langworthy would have thought that the gun did not contain live ammunition.

Van Dyke blamed himself for the incident, Burdick said.

Although declining to charge either Langworthy or Van Dyke, Burdick chastised the officers.

"An evaluation of the incident indicates that while each officer appeared to be operating under a reasonable assumption, forgotten were some of the rules related to gun safety, such as, never give someone a loaded gun, and always assume a gun is loaded," Burdick said. "This office, however, is not aware of any previous issues regarding firearm safety related to these officers in their almost 30 years' combined service."

Yeagley, who did not elaborate on the discipline against Langworthy and Van Dyke, said the two have exceptional records with the department and said the two are good officers who made a serious mistake.

The incident will be used as an example in future training.

"We've all learned some lessons here," Yeagley said. "We plan to not have to learn them again."

Burdick said he declined to file any charges after reviewing Doyle's report because he believes fault, to some degree, lies with both officers and because Van Dyke took complete responsibility for his injury.

"Rather, the matter is more appropriately left to whatever administrative sanctions the department chooses to impose," he said.

Burdick did forward his findings to Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox's office for review because the prosecutor's staff has worked with both officers for several years.
Link Posted: 3/6/2006 7:19:09 AM EDT
Well damn, another chink in LEO to community relations.
Link Posted: 3/6/2006 7:22:30 AM EDT
I'm getting rather tired of being subjected to laws, guess I should be a cop.
Link Posted: 3/6/2006 7:26:10 AM EDT
I wonder if Van Dyke is still a firearms instructor?

Mount Pleasant RFD, Deputy Barney Van Dyke gets one cartridge and shall keep it in his shirt pocket unless otherwise instructed
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