I saw this sad story from Georgia last week:
Tiffany Bishop (Photo Credit)
JACKSON, Ga. - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking for answers after an apparent accidental shooting at a Butts County firing range that left a probation officer dead.
According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Tiffany Bishop, a staff member at the Georgia Diagnostic Prison in Jackson was killed on Wednesday after an apparent accidental discharge of a gun during a classroom training exercise.
John Bankhead of the GBI said, "For whatever reason, the instructor's weapon discharged and hit a probation officer who was in the class, and that probation officer has died."
Bishop, 24, was transported to an area hospital but officials said she died on the way.
The GBI and the Department of Corrections continue to investigate why the instructor used a live firearm in the training session...
Previously, I blogged about the DEA agent who was careless with his firearm and shot himself in the foot in front a classroom of children.
Sadly, these mistakes happen and are even committed on occasion by a firearms instructor.
Though my agency's trainers harped on gun safety, even placing posters up in the range house (where officers cleaned their guns after practice shooting) to recognize the bullet holes in the walls (yes, plural) that resulted from previous accidental discharges, it always seemed to be viewed with just humor by personnel.
Missed in the jokes was that it only takes one lackadaisical moment with gun training to alter so many lives forever.
My prayers are with the family of Probation Officer Tiffany Bishop.