Hartford PD deputy chief under investigation after firing gun in office

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP/WTNH) — An internal investigation is underway after a deputy police officer in the Hartford Police Department unintentionally fired her weapon in her office in the city’s public safety complex.

Deputy Chief of Administrative Services Sonia Watson discharged the gun as she was securing the weapon and preparing to leave work on Wednesday evening, the Hartford Courant reported.

Hartford Police released a statement to News 8 following the incident. It said, in part, “As soon as the discharge took place, she made proper notifications, the Chief initiated an investigation and HPD took all appropriate steps to document the incident. The full circumstances of this discharge will be investigated and there may be disciplinary action warranted. While no one was injured, we take any discharge of a weapon very seriously. Deputy Chief Watson is currently on Administrative Assignment, and is being scheduled for retraining on the safe handling of firearms.”

Watson, who joined Connecticut’s capital city police force in 2003, has been placed on restricted duty and required to complete a retraining program in firearms safety next week. Her service weapon won’t be returned until that retraining is completed.

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