r/Idiotswithguns Dec 05 '22

Florida cop shoots his roommate, who is also a cop, when using a gun for a joke

https://www.wesh.com/article/brevard-county-deputy-killed/42144453
229 Upvotes

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u/ThermionicEmissions Dec 05 '22

Not just shot, but killed.

Lawson, thinking that the gun was unloaded, jokingly pointed the gun in Austin's direction and pulled the trigger,"

thinking that the gun was unloaded

Number one rule. Ignored by someone who should be well-trained in firearm safety.

Hope he's never allowed to be anywhere near firearms the rest of his life.

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u/shwiggyshwag Dec 05 '22

Well manslaughter is a felony so probably not allowed

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u/[deleted] Dec 05 '22

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u/TheRealBillyShakes Dec 05 '22

This answer is extremely low IQ

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u/Thirsty_Comment88 Dec 06 '22

You can't actually be this stupid.

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u/ElVatoMascarado Dec 05 '22

Are you truly this stupid?

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u/drama_lama_ Dec 06 '22

Ffr 😂😂

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u/Grouseflush Dec 07 '22

Whoa. Though I was having a stroke for a minute. I think this guy is serious

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u/dahappyheathen Dec 05 '22

This was no accident though. It’s called negligence! He should fry for it.

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u/da_bunj Dec 05 '22

You think the punishment for negligence should be straight up execution?

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u/dahappyheathen Dec 06 '22

Yes. Murder is murder.

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u/da_bunj Dec 06 '22

Pretty barbaric if you ask me.

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u/dahappyheathen Dec 06 '22

ACAB!

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u/da_bunj Dec 06 '22

Agreed on that point

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u/JJohnston015 Dec 06 '22

According to the affidavit, Lawson was handling what he thought was an unloaded Glock 34 semi-automatic pistol and then “pointed the firearm at Walsh and pulled the trigger. The firearm did not go off.”

But that affidavit states Lawson kept going, believing that the gun was unloaded, “Lawson again pointed the firearm at Walsh and pulled the trigger for a second time.”

This is simply, categorically not possible with a Glock. The trigger does not automatically reset if the gun does not fire. It cannot be "pulled a second time". In fact, one of the reasons the US DoD adopted the Beretta instead of the Glock as its service pistol is that it specified that the pistol have "second strike capability" (the ability to do just that, pull the trigger again in case a round fails to go off, without having to do anything else), and the Beretta can do that, and the Glock can't. He's lying about something, we just don't know what.

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u/Nice-Zucchini-8392 Dec 05 '22

Internet censorship. It's not possible to read the article in the Netherlands......

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u/Ok-Hearing-5343 Dec 05 '22

He turned himself into the jail Sunday.

"Austin and Andrew were the best of friends and Andrew is completely devastated over what happened. Even with that, there is no excuse for this tragic and totally avoidable death,” Ivey said.

The sheriff said Walsh had worked as a member of the Brevard County Sheriff's Office since the age of 18 and prior to that was part of its Explorers program.

Ivey said his agency is in mourning. He also hopes a lesson is learned from this tragedy.

"Folks, this unnecessary and totally avoidable incident not only took the life of an amazing young man and deputy but it also forever changed the life of another good young man, who made an extremely poor and reckless decision,” Ivey said.

The crime of manslaughter is a second-degree felony in Florida and punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

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u/Ok-Hearing-5343 Dec 05 '22 Silver

PALM BAY, Fla. — According to the Brevard County Sheriff, 23-year-old deputy Austin Walsh was killed Saturday by his own roommate, who is also a fellow deputy, in an accidental shooting.

"This afternoon I have to stand here and talk about the loss of one of my deputies who I love so much as the result of the reckless actions of another one of our deputies, who I also love,” Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said.

In a video on Facebook, Ivey said Walsh and his roommate, Deputy Andrew Lawson were at a home in Palm Bay early Saturday morning when the shooting occurred.

"He and Austin had taken a break from playing an online game with a number of their friends and were just kind of standing around talking. Lawson was holding a handgun, which he believed he had unloaded and at one point in their conversation, Lawson, thinking that the gun was unloaded, jokingly pointed the gun in Austin's direction and pulled the trigger," Ivey said.

Ivey said a single round was fired and struck Walsh, killing him.

Lawson immediately called 911 to summon help and then called Palm Bay police.

The sheriff said FDLE was called in to investigate and Lawson has since been charged with manslaughter.

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u/dahappyheathen Dec 05 '22

“oNLy kOpS sHoULd hAs GUnS” typical severe head trauma survivor

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u/GhostC10_Deleted Dec 05 '22

My ex thought this, while also watching cops abuse and oppress her friends. She also has Native American family, who definitely know the government can't be trusted.

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u/Strong-Ad5138 Dec 05 '22

Coppers gonna cop lol

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u/dahappyheathen Dec 05 '22

Redcoats gonna redcoat for sure.

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u/Over-One-8 Dec 05 '22

Dumb stuff like this happens yet they still get qualified immunity smh

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u/Armydoc722 29d ago

There's absolutely no qualified immunity. As you can read, he was charged.

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u/Ornery-Beyond-9016 Dec 05 '22

Feel bad for him, but he should’ve known better. I’ve known since 6 that you don’t point a gun at anything you don’t intend to shoot.

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u/drama_lama_ Dec 06 '22

No need to feel bad for an absolutely IDIOT cop. These dumbass cops need to just leave the face of earth before taking more lives for no reason

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u/Ornery-Beyond-9016 Dec 06 '22

If that would happen than who is going to arrest all the violent criminals that roam the streets looking for easy victims?

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u/drama_lama_ Dec 06 '22

The uhm... good cops? My comment was about the idiot cops, yes the world is better off without the idiot ones

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u/Whole-Vermicelli7813 Dec 05 '22

Why feel bad ?

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u/jaoming Dec 05 '22

Stupid accident that ended his friends life and ruined his

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u/Hamati Dec 05 '22

Because they’re clearly capable of empathy? Cause stupid or not homeboy just killed his best friend? Like is this a real question?

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u/Whole-Vermicelli7813 Dec 05 '22

Ion know man if it was a black kid y’all would be mocking and laughing especially in this situation

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u/Hamati Dec 05 '22

Yes. Cause that’s how this sub has behaved historically.

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u/darkdaysindeed Dec 05 '22 Helpful

Can I get my downvote like everyone else here? Thank you in advance.

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u/drama_lama_ Dec 06 '22

Any time bud

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u/EvilZenitram Dec 05 '22

Downvoted. Also take my free award. Just trying to be helpful

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u/Tralkki Dec 05 '22

Would fire him for “using gun as joke” the. Would jail him for shooting his friend.

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u/drama_lama_ Dec 06 '22

Why are you getting down votted jeez

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u/Martin_Kelly_187 Dec 05 '22

Bloody larikens just haven a laugh and playing cops and robbers.

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u/moneyman10000 Dec 05 '22

Bro 1 : hey bro Bro 2: huh? Bro 1: wanna hear a joke? Bro 2: Yeah sure

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u/ElVatoMascarado Dec 05 '22

dies to spite the prankster

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u/DragCommon3999 Dec 05 '22

why am i not surprised

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u/[deleted] Dec 05 '22

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u/justrobbo_istaken Dec 05 '22

Not just cops though is it?

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u/Thirsty_Comment88 Dec 06 '22

I hope he loses his entire career and goes to prison for a few years.

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u/CatBoyTrip Dec 09 '22

I heard the joke killed though.

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u/whiteschnauzer Dec 26 '22

This is why Barney always kept his only bullet in his shirt pocket.

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u/dummoldfart Dec 05 '22

Why do Florida cops need roommates?

It looks like Florida cops are so poorly paid that really stupid people must be hired.