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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

[IL] It's said that while Officer Barnard was out of the room his wife loaded a clip and accidentally discharged his service weapon


ELGIN COP DISCIPLINED AFTER WIFE SHOOTS HIS GUN
Chicago Daily Herald
Lenore T. Adkins
3/10/2010 4:43 PM
An Elgin police officer has received a letter of reprimand for an incident in which his wife accidentally shot his service weapon inside their home while showing his gun collection to visiting relatives... "Your negligence resulted in the accidental discharge of your duty weapon by another household member," Police Chief Lisa Womack wrote in the document. The disciplinary action for Barnard, a member of the city's force since September 2006, follows an internal police probe into the Dec. 23 shooting incident at the officer's Pingree Grove home... About 10 p.m. Barnard unloaded his guns, displayed them on a bed for all to see and then left the room, police said. His wife, reports state, picked up his service weapon - a .45 caliber Smith and Wesson - and inserted a magazine of ammunition to display to her aunt how heavy it was when loaded. The gun discharged, sending a bullet through a wall in the Barnard townhouse, across an alley and into a wall attached to a neighbor's home... Reports said the Barnards delayed reporting the incident nearly 12 hours and Officer Barnard initially refused to let a Pingree Grove sergeant serve court papers to his wife... Arianne Barnard was cited for discharging a firearm within the village limits and is due to appear in court Tuesday. She could be fined up to $500 if found guilty. [Full article here]
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  1. AnonymousJune 08, 2010

    Cops wife fined for shooting his gun
    Daily Herald
    Lenore T. Adkins
    Apr 14, 2010.

    The Pingree Grove woman accused of accidentally shooting her husbands Elgin Police Department-issued gun inside their home at a Christmas dinner pleaded guilty Tuesday to discharging a firearm within village limits, a local ordinance violation.

    Kane County Judge Bruce W. Lester on Tuesday morning ordered Arianne J. Barnard, 31, to pay a $400 fine, undergo 90 days of court supervision and enroll in a firearms safety course.

    Barnards attorney did not return a phone call Tuesday afternoon seeking comment.

    The punishment came about a month after her husband, Jason Barnard, an Elgin police officer since 2006, received a letter of reprimand for violating departmental policy by failing to keep his department-issued gun safe.

    According to Pingree Grove police reports, the shooting occurred Dec. 23 as the Barnards were holding a holiday dinner.

    At about 10 p.m., Barnard unloaded his guns, displayed them on a bed for all to see and left the room, police said.

    His wife, reports state, picked up his service weapon a .45-caliber Smith and Wesson and inserted a magazine of ammunition to show her aunt how heavy it was when loaded, and the slide went forward.

    The gun discharged, sending a bullet through a wall in the Barnard townhouse, across an alley and into a wall of a neighbors home, police said. No one was injured.

    Reports said the Barnards delayed reporting the incident nearly 12 hours and that officer Barnard initially refused to let a Pingree Grove sergeant serve court papers to his wife. Reports also noted that alcohol was not involved in the incident

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