Off-duty cop mistakenly shoots himself in elevator

Jan 4, 2015 1:36 PM by News Staff

CINCINNATI (AP) - Authorities say an off-duty police officer out to dinner with his wife in Cincinnati accidentally shot himself in the stomach inside a parking garage elevator.

Cincinnati police say Officer Darryl Jouett of the Erlanger, Kentucky, Police Department was headed back to his car on Saturday night when he tried to adjust his department-issued weapon in his holster, and it discharged.

Police tell WCPO-TV that the bullet ricocheted off the elevator walls and struck him.

Jouett was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center with injuries that weren't life-threatening.

The veteran officer has spent more than 25 years at the police department in Erlanger.

Capt. Mike John with the Cincinnati Police Department calls the situation "very unusual."

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