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Accidental Shooting of Flint MI Policeman by Fleeing Man - Multiple Charges

Posted on the 06 April 2012 by Mikeb302000
Local news reports here and here
Authorities say a Flint man faces multiple firearms charges, accused of accidentally wounding a state trooper by dropping a loaded gun while fleeing police.
Thirty-four-year-old Bobby Wells Jr. was arraigned Thursday in Flint District Court on charges that include carrying a concealed weapon and reckless discharge of a firearm.
Wells told Judge M. Cathy Dowd that he understood the charges and started to explain what happened before she reminded him of his right to remain silent.
Dowd said she would appoint a lawyer for him and ordered him jailed on a $150,000 bond. His next court date is Tuesday.
Authorities say Trooper John Gooch was hit in the abdomen Wednesday while he and other officers tried to catch Wells.
I suppose that was more than an accident and the guy needs to be in jail, but I couldn't help noticing when a cop gets hurt, the charges fly.
Another interesting aspect is how the gun fired when dropped. That's exactly why I would strip someone of their gun rights for a dropped gun that doesn't discharge. It's the same act, punishable by the same loss of gun rights.
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