Stephen A. Crockett Jr.
Off-duty officer Darryl Jouett accidentally shot himself in the abdomen while riding an elevator with his wife.
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On Saturday night, off-duty police officer, Darryl Jouett and his wife, had just finished eating dinner in a Cincinnati, Ohio restaurant when, they boarded a parking garage elevator. Jouett then took a gun out of his pocket and somehow discharged the weapon, shooting himself in the abdomen.

Surveillance video of the incident shows Jouett, who is a police officer in Kentucky; fall to his knees, clutching his side. The woman, who news reports identified as Jouett's wife, frantically rushes to his aide, then, grabs her phone to call for help.


"It's very unusual — obviously you have somebody that's used to handling firearms," Capt. Mike John, of Cincinnati police told WCPO-TV. "It's very unusual to see somebody discharge a firearm, accidentally, in a confined space like that. It’s very unusual."

According to police officials who spoke with WCPO-TV, the bullet ricocheted off the wall before striking the 25-year-veteran of the police force in the stomach. 

Police officials told the New York Daily News that they were unsure whether Jouett had his gun on safety but did note that he "was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries."

The shooting remains under investigation, according to the Daily News.

Read more at WCPO-TV and New York Daily News.

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