907 Updates April 24, 2019

One bullet.

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Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 4.
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There are many things that require a great deal of responsibility: driving a vehicle, raising children, and owning pets are just a few. Another is owning a firearm. That’s the one we’re going to discuss today.

A lady was woken up in the middle of the night by a loud noise. Assuming it was her neighbor being his usual loud self, she rolled over and went back to sleep. Imagine her surprise when her son got up the next morning and found a bullet laying on their living room floor. The bullet had traveled through their ceiling from the apartment above and into their coffee table. Thank goodness it was that piece of furniture and not an occupied bed.

According to the upstairs neighbor, he was unloading his weapon when it “accidentally” discharged. He did not go downstairs to see if everyone was okay. That is NOT okay. He was criminally charged for his plethora of bad decision making.

With very few and rare exceptions, guns discharge because someone pulled the trigger. If you do not want to be the person explaining to a family why they are planning an untimely funeral, you need to follow the four firearm safety rules. These are the same rules that are drilled into the head of every gun-carrying individual who works for our department. Even our employees who don’t carry a firearm know these rules:

1️⃣ All guns are always loaded.
2️⃣ Never point the gun at anything you are not willing to destroy.
3️⃣ Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target and you have made the decision to shoot.
4️⃣ Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.

If you don’t want a bullet to come out of the barrel, keep your finger on the outside of the trigger guard. Always.

Use your inside voice, play well with others, and remember we’re all in this together.

Anchorage Police Department