The Fresno County Sheriff’s Department had no secondary weapons holster policy when Deputy Sgt. Rod Lucas was shot in the chest and killed with a secondary weapon.
Lucas was 46 years old when he was killed on October 31, 2016.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Lucas and a detective, now identified as 34-year-old Jared Mullis, were discussing the carry of backup weapons when Mullis’ backup weapon accidentally discharged, firing a bullet that struck Lucas in the chest. The Times reported that Lucas and Mullis “were in a room with two other colleagues and there was no dispute, just a conversation about weapons safety.”
The Fresno Bee now reports that “the sheriff’s office had no approved holsters policy for safely securing secondary guns.” A new Cal-OSHA report to the county recommends the implementation of a policy that would govern second holsters just like primary ones.
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