‘Snake’ Shot Bullets
December 13, 2011 by staff
‘Snake’ Shot Bullets, A gun being transported in a passenger’s carry-on bag was accidentally fired while it was being inspected by an officer at a screening checkpoint Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
The Sunday morning incident began when TSA screeners detected a loaded .22-caliber Magnum revolver in a carry-on bag being taken through the security check-point by passenger Richard Popkin, Reuters reports.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes “while an Atlanta police officer responding to the scene tried to clear the five ‘snake’ shot bullets – small game pellet ammunition – in the handgun, a shot went off, according to an Atlanta Police incident report obtained from Hartsfield officials.”
“I was grazed by a pellet fragment on the left side of my face,” the officer says in a report quoted by CNN. “However, there were no visible injuries,” the officer adds in the report.
The weapon was said to be pointed down toward a screening table when it discharged, according to CNN .
As for Popkin, CNN quotes the police report as saying he initially intended to put the gun in his checked luggage but decided to remove it because he was afraid it would cause that bag to exceed his airline’s weight limit.
Fox 5 TV of Atlanta reports that the 43-year-old Popkin “was transported to the Clayton County Jail” and now “faces a charge of carrying a concealed weapon.”
The TSA says the Atlanta incident is just one of more than 1,100 so far this year in which firearms have been discovered at airport security checkpoints across the nation.
And the Atlanta incident comes exactly a week after another man was arrested after he forgot to remove his firearm from his carry-on luggage in Memphis.
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