I know this is going to shock many of you when I say Sometimes people shoot themselves by mistake. Take the odd case of one Nicholas J. Ellingford who shot himself in the groin while showing off his gun in a supermarket. He didn’t plan to shoot his nether regions in the checkout line. However, natural selection had other plans.
Say what you want about Mr. Ellingford, he didn’t try to blame it on anyone else (with all those witnesses he would have to be President Trump for that kind of lie).
This true story tells the tale of a cop who made a mistake and didn’t do the right thing.
John Michael Goulart Jr., an officer in Pineville, Louisiana, is accused of having “altered the facts” after shooting himself on Sunday, the police department said.
Goulart said he had been shot once in the leg, with a second bullet hitting the rear door of his police car, while he was at a shopping center in the city.
Deputy Chief Darell Basco reported on the supposed ambush.
Local news station KALB-TV quoted Basco as saying: “There were shots fired at the officer. The officer didn’t return fire on anybody. He was exiting the patrol vehicle at the shopping center whenever he was ambushed by an unknown person at this time and two shots were fired. One striking him, and the other hit the vehicle.”
A little later it was discovered Officer Goulart’s gun misfired. The only attack he suffered was from his own incompetence.
Take heart, there may be some measure of justice in the world.
A statement supplied to Newsweek by the Pineville Police Department said the investigation was now closed and that the 25-year-old officer had been charged with one count of criminal mischief and one count of malfeasance in office.
He was released from custody at the Rapides Parish Detention Center, reportedly on a $10,500 bond, and has been placed on administrative leave.