FRESNO, Calif. - A security guard and his young son are recovering on Friday, after the man's gun was accidentally discharged. Fresno Police said a bullet struck the guard in his hand, and his four-year old son was shot in the arm.
It all happened just after 8am at a house near Shields and Fruit Avenues. Police said the man and his young son suffered non-life threatening injuries and were taken to the hospital in stable condition. At this point, investigators call the shooting accidental, so the man is considered a victim. So long as he is ruled a victim, his identity will not be released.
Brandon Waters owns Fresno Advanced Security and Transport. He commented, "That's very scary. I'm a father, I have two daughters, and, you know, I always think about that. I always think about my weapons and where I have them."
Police said the man is an armed security guard, just like the ones Waters employs.
"You want to make sure that your firearms are secured properly no matter where you are. If you're on duty, they should be in a proper holster, and when you're at home it should be secured in a safe until you're ready to go on duty," said
Lt. Mark Hudson said the shooting was an accident.
Hudson stated, "He said that he was getting his gun off of a dresser when it fell, went off, striking him in his left hand, and unfortunately also struck his four-year old that was standing outside of the bedroom."
Waters said armed security guards get their exposed firearm permits from the state. They also go through a two-day course on gun safety, and they're ordered to practice firing for hours at the range.
Police said they are still investigating the case to see if there was any negligence in handling the gun.