LA sheriff’s deputy accidentally opens fire in courtroom – NBC Los Angeles



A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy accidentally shot a gun in a courtroom last month, potentially injuring a colleague and triggering an internal investigation, officials said.

The Sheriff’s Department confirmed in a statement that the shooting took place in the Van Nuys courthouse on August 16, describing the incident as an “involuntary discharge,” the Los Angeles Times reported on Monday.

A spokeswoman for the department declined to detail the circumstances of the shooting or say if anyone was injured.

“Due to the ongoing investigation, we are unable to offer further comments at this time, but what we can say is based on the results of the investigation, appropriate administrative action will be taken if this is justified, “the statement said.

A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Superior Court system declined to answer questions from The Times about the incident, referring all queries to the sheriff’s department.

News of the shooting was first made public by Court Watch LA, an advocacy group seeking to increase transparency in the county’s justice system. Rebecca Brown, a lawyer with the National Lawyers’ Guild who manages the Court Watch account, said she was first notified of the shooting on Saturday.

A lawyer sent a note to Court Watch saying the gun exploded as the courtroom was filled with several lawyers and clients waiting for their case to be heard that morning. The lawyer told Court Watch that the bullet hit another MP’s radio and the other MP appeared to be injured. Details on the potential injury were not available.

Brown said she was frustrated with the lack of transparency around the shooting, as it took nearly six weeks for information to be made public.

“I can’t imagine if I was working in a courthouse and hearing a gunshot and there was no follow-up after that,” she told The Times.



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