Footage of a former Kentucky police officer shooting off his own finger has gone viral.
The surveillance video shows 58-year-old Darrell Smith examining a .380 caliber Sig Sauer ‘Copperhead’ at Barren Outdoors gun store in Glasgow back in March of 2014.
It appears that neither Smith nor the clerk behind the counter checked to see if the firearm was loaded. Smith pulls the trigger on the loaded firearm, blowing off his index finger and severely damaging his middle finger.
Smith is now suing the gun store, claiming that he has “not gotten any relief since the incident.”
“He’s permanently disfigured, he went through a lot of pain and suffering,” Alan Simpson, Smith’s attorney, told WKYT.
“He’s gone through several surgeries. He’s got a lot of medical bills that have to be paid. It ended his career and he’s going to have a lot of lost income,” Simpson continued.
Following the shooting, Smith was forced to retire from the Glasgow Police Department, where he had worked for 30 years.
From your perspective, who’s at fault? The gun store? Officer Smith? Both?