Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings expressed regret Monday that a handgun he carries accidentally discharged at an Anderson restaurant — and relief that no one was hurt.
“I’m just thankful no one was injured and I was not injured,” he said in an interview Monday.
Cummings said he will have the Ruger 9mm pistol checked to make sure it has no mechanical problems, will keep it holstered and will no longer keep a round chambered for immediate firing as he was trained to do while a police officer.
I seriously doubt this is Ruger’s fault. Far more likely is that this buffoon was inexcusably irresponsible
The incident occurred as Cummings and a companion were leaving the Texas Roadhouse, 2115 S. Scatterfield Road, about 10:17 p.m. Saturday. No one was injured in the incident.
Cummings said the weapon — given to him by his daughter Alisha — discharged without warning. He believes the pistol is properly registered in her name.
At first, Cummings said, he wasn’t even sure what had happened.
“I honestly didn’t know what happened in the beginning. I was looking around,” he said. “I thought maybe it was an electrical explosion or something.”
It wasn’t until he walked out the front door of the restaurant that Cummings noticed a “huge” hole in the pocket of his shorts.
“I’ve been using firearms professionally for 36 years and nothing like that has ever happened before,” Cummings said. “I assume what happened is that putting it in and out of my pocket without a holster caused the safety to disengage. I was as shocked as anybody. I didn’t know what was happening.”
One word HOLSTER! Again, Good Freaking Grief!