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PTLA guard accidentally shoots fellow guard in pants

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By Carol A. Clark

While removing his handgun from his holster, a guard lost his grip and, according to reports, in attempting to grasp the weapon, accidentally hit the trigger. The bullet grazed the pants of another guard standing in the same room.The close call took place inside the Protection Technology Los Alamos (PTLA) building. PTLA is the subcontractor that provides security services to Los Alamos National Laboratory.PTLA General Manager Ken Freeman declined to comment on the incident, saying rather than comment, he would defer the questions to LANL public affairs.“There was an accidental discharge of a firearm,” LANL spokesman Kevin Roark said during an interview Friday afternoon. “There was no foul play and no injuries.”Roark added that neither the guard with the gun nor anyone else has been placed on leave.“The laboratory is currently conducting a comprehensive internal investigation and will determine if any action needs to be taken upon conclusion of the investigation,” he said.Roark concurred that his understanding is that the handgun involved in the incident is a Glock.The safety on a Glock is actually located on the trigger and would not have gone off had the guard simply let the gun fall to the ground, according to a local gun expert.The names of the guards involved in Saturday’s incident remain undisclosed as the matter is under investigation.