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Internal investigation into off-duty Las Vegas police officer who accidentally shot himself

Posted at 6:17 PM, Jul 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 02:16:00-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — An internal investigation has been launched into an off-duty police officer who accidentally shot himself at the Delano in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said the incident happened around 10 p.m. on July 20. The officer was taken to University Medical Center Trauma and is recovering now.

Steve Grammas, president of the Las Vegas Police Protective Association, says the newer officer was out with friends and appears to have been operating within department policy.

"Not on the dance floor. Nothing like that. Literally just manipulating the holster that they had the gun in -- and it wasn't really a holster, it was kind of a clip on the side of a small frame handgun and it just at some point caught up on the trigger and fired one round," said Grammas.

Grammas said alcohol was not a factor in the incident.

"Just because you're off duty doesn't mean you're off duty. An officer can spring into action at any time so the policy is yeah, if you're going to out there and carry CCW, you also have your id so that if something happens you can identify yourself as an officer," said Grammas.

Grammas said an internal investigation is underway in the department now.

"Make sure that even though he was off-duty that he was still within policy on the things that were going on, make sure that everything was good and at the end of the day just decide if it was an accidental discharge, it is what it is. We have quite a few of them, every now and again," said Grammas.

KTNV reached out to MGM, which owns the Delano, and they deferred to LVMP's statement.