Not following procedures led to Barry Buddon incident

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The accidental discharge of a rifle during a training exercise at Barry Buddon Military Ranges was negligent and preventable, according to an independent report published yesterday (Monday).

The report was produced by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) and examined the incident in question which took place shortly before 11 a.m. on Monday, April 28, 2014.

According to the report a Police Scotland officer discharged an Accuracy International 7.62 rifle. The bullet struck a brick wall and debris caused slight injury to another police officer.

Police Scotland referred the matter to the PIRC and the findings were published yesterday.

The Commissioner said that Police Scotland firearms practice and procedures in respect of firearms safety were stringent and had they been rigorously adhered to then this incident would not have occurred.

Professor John McNeill said: “An inspection of the weapon by a firearms specialist found no faults. The only way that the incident as described could be duplicated was by pulling and holding the trigger to the rear and at the same time disengaging the safety catch. It follows therefore that the discharge was negligent and preventable.”

In the report the Commissioner said that, as a result of this incident, several recommendations have been made by Armed Policing Training to further strengthen procedures.

During the investigation PIRC Investigators reviewed witness statements, examined documentation, productions and, command and control details.