Sheriff blames buckle for accidental discharge of deputy's gun

FRESNO, California (KFSN) -- The Fresno County Sheriff's Office said a buckle attached to a thigh holster likely contributed to a deputy accidentally firing his gun.

In early November, a Fresno County Sheriff's Deputy was in the area of Church and Gearhart Avenues when his gun fired while still in the holster -- injuring the deputy's leg. The deputy was treated and release from the hospital the same day.

Investigators with the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said the equipment was inspected and tested. They believe a part of the buckle got caught between the trigger and the holster, causing the gun to fire.

The Sheriff's Office said their 2017 training plan will include a synopsis of the event, along with actions to prevent something like this happening again.
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