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Child shoots SWAT officer with his own gun at California ‘Literacy Fair’

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Lodi Police Chief Mark Helms told KMAX that the incident took place at the “2013 Literacy Fair: Little Buckaroos Reading Roundup” on Aug. 24.

Helms said that SWAT Officer Robert Rench was in a SWAT vehicle demonstrating equipment to children when a boy, between 6 and 8 years old, walked up behind him and fired his holstered Glock .40 caliber service weapon into his leg.
“According to the witnesses, [the child] was able to walk up to the officer, and was able to manipulate his handgun while it was in the holster, causing it discharge,” Lodi Police Lt. Sierra Brucia explained to KXTV. “And then the round actually fired down the officer’s leg and into the pavement.”

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