Ex-Glasgow officer sues gun store after accidentally shooting off finger

A former Glasgow police officer has sued a Barren County gun store after being handed a loaded gun from under the counter and accidentally shooting his finger off.
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GLASGOW, Ky. (WBKO) - A former Glasgow police officer who accidentally shot off his finger has filed a lawsuit against the gun store, saying an employee handed him the gun without checking to see if it was loaded.

According to a report from WBKO, an affiliate of WKYT, a civil lawsuit was filed Friday by former Glasgow police officer Darrell Smith.

In March, Smith went into Barren Outdoors and asked to see a .380 caliber handgun, which was under the counter. Smith, who was examining the gun, cocked it and apparently did not know the gun was loaded. The gun fired, shooting off part of his index finger, the WBKO report says.

The lawsuit says the Barren Outdoors employee did not do a safety check on the gun before handing it to Smith.

Smith's attorney, Alan Simpson, said Smith lost his job with the police department after the incident; the lawsuit was filed to make up for his lost income.

"He's permanently disfigured,” Simpson told WBKO. “He went through a lot of pain and suffering. He's gone through several surgeries. He's got a lot of medical bills that have to be paid. It ended his career and he's going to have a lot of lost income."

Officials with Barren Outdoors declined WBKO’s requests for comment.

The uncensored surveillance video, provided by WBKO, is below: