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Off-duty police officer accidentally shoots gun in Target

Officers usually remove the entire holster when in the bathroom with the gun safely in its holster.

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Aileen Graef
Open carry advocates have been asked not to bring their weapons into Target UPI/Kevin Dietsch
Open carry advocates have been asked not to bring their weapons into Target UPI/Kevin Dietsch | License Photo

HONOLULU, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- An off-duty Honolulu police officer reportedly set his gun on a toilet paper dispenser in a Target bathroom before accidentally firing it.

The officer walked into the bathroom, took his weapon out of the holster, put it on the dispenser and accidentally pulled the trigger and fired when he went to pick it up.

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HPD officers, whether on or off duty, should not remove their gun from their holster unless storing it or using it in the line of duty. Officers usually remove the entire holster when in the bathroom with the gun safely in its holster. Protocols like these are universal among police forces and are meant to prevent accidental shootings.

Target has been the center of firearm-related fervor after telling customers not to bring weapons into its stores.

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