Officer in stable condition following accidental shooting

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. -- A Grayson County investigator is in stable condition on Thursday after an accidental shooting in his office on Wednesday.

Grayson County Sheriff Keith Gary says Chad Butler, 28, accidentally discharged his weapon when placing it in his desk Wednesday morning.

Gary says the gun slipped from Butler's fingers, hit the floor, and fired a round that struck Butler in the lower abdomen.

"I've been in law enforcement for twenty years, and I’ve only seen it this happen twice. It's just one of those things. It slipped out of his hands," said Gary.

Butler was taken to Wilson N. Jones Hospital.

Butler has been with the sheriff's department for a year and a half.

No word on when he will return to work.

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  • by Deputy Location: Texoma on Aug 31, 2007 at 07:11 PM
    To Vernon in Antlers, Since you seem to know it all and have all the answers I will ask you this, brain surgeon. Since your post makes reference to Antlers, I can take this to mean that you are an okie. When was the last time someone enforced Oklahoma law in Texas! Read the Texas Penal Code, you will not find a charge of reckless handling of a firearm, genius... so last time you checked, you better check again. As for the minimum wage comment, they must have increased it becuase I am knocking at the back door of $45K.....oh and you oughta see little HOUSE, I will put it up against yours! There is always someone, some place that knows only a portion of what happened but they never cease to stop running there mouth as if they know it all. One in every crowd. We don't throw rocks at you while you are mowing, keep your negative comments to yourself!
  • by vernon Location: antlers on Aug 2, 2007 at 08:35 AM
    Dear Tracy He was not playing with his gun right after it happened? I guess not. lol. Retard
  • by Atlantis Location: OKC on Aug 1, 2007 at 11:49 PM
    And to all of those that say this was "just an accident" and "don't be so hard on him", etc., are you kidding me??? You all must be related. This guy is in LAW ENFORCEMENT and should act like he's got some sense. This was no ACCIDENT. This was INCOMPETENCE. Not to mention he needs another lesson in firearm training if he plans to stay in this profession! Some of us can only hope and pray that he retires. Geesh.
  • by Atlantis Location: OKC on Aug 1, 2007 at 11:28 PM
    I agree with you Vernon. Alot of Law Enforcement Agencies should take a chapter out of the Marine Corps Manual and practice what they preach for God's sake. This is pitiful and could have been avoided. He should have charges brought against him for the exact same thing that he wouldn't have hesitated to charge someone for in the same situation. The fact that he's probably embarassed from his behavior is merely not enough. He needs to be punished so it doesn't happen again. Anyone that thinks any different should have their head examined.
  • by vernon Location: antlers on Jul 31, 2007 at 06:40 AM
    Oh and another thing reckless handling of a firearm is a crime. Last time I checked that is breaking the law. He was handling a firearm and it went off and shot him in the gut anyone who can't see that as reckless is a blithering idiot. Hence, RECKLESS HANDLING OF A FIREARM. I rest my case. Oh and to Bubba redneck. I don't need a free tractor. I own two new John Deere cab tractors. Each one probably cost more than your home. Oh you probably don't own a home you probably rent, because you are a police officer working for minumum wage. No I don't farm for a living either. Do you morons have any other questions in regards to my character or intelligence?
  • by vernon Location: antlers on Jul 30, 2007 at 11:24 AM
    It seems I have to spell a few things out for some of the less intelligent. I was being sarcastic in reference to the children playing in the street. Noone caught the fact that children should not be playing in the street. Before someone says it NO I do not think I am perfect. I do think however that anyone in that position needs to be alot more perfect and more responsible than the officer in question. It only takes a second to really mess up and have to live with it the rest of your life. What if he had shot another officer? That is the point I am making. You guys are out there putting your life on the line everyday to have one of your brothers drop his weapon and it accidentally hits you while you are doing paperwork in the office. If we don't want to deal with what if's why are there safety checks close to the bars at 2:15. I'll answer that. To do away with some of the whatif's. You can't have your cake and eat it too. There has to be a standard.
  • by Dale Location: paris on Jul 30, 2007 at 09:43 AM
    Of all the dumb things for an officer to get away with. I agree with Vernon, that dumb cop should be fired. If a man can't handle his firearm any better than that he and his buddies need to find another line of work.
  • by vernon Location: antlers on Jul 30, 2007 at 09:11 AM
    That's right i'm back. My pea sized brain was actually able to find the web site again. Just for the record I am a former Sergeant in the Marines. I do not have a record and I can guarantee you if anyone in the Marine Corps has an accidental discharge regardless of what it hits they will be brought up on charges. I have served in combat in several theatres and once in a while my weapon was loaded. NO I didn't shoot myself. I didn't drop my weapon. I guess that's why it is such a crime for people to drop weapons accidentally or other wise. They automatically get in the push-up position when they bend over to get their weapon and begin doing pushups. For somebody in Sherman maybe he should give up the SIG or the Glock and get a Baretta. It does have a safety. The reason I have a hard time tolerating mistakes is because that is how lives are lost. Also for the record I was a police officer, but gave it up because of the incompetence that surrounded me.
  • by Michelle Location: Bonham on Jul 27, 2007 at 08:53 PM
    I would like to ask each of you to pray for officer Butler's recovery and that God would give him and his family to strength to overcome all the negative publicity this has caused.Bless his heart this kind of stuff happens more than you know.It was an accident that could NOT be helped.Has anything ever slipped out of your hands?What about the mother who's child slipped out of her hands and drowned a few weeks back.That was an accident too.Give him a break!!!
  • by law enforcement Location: Sherman on Jul 27, 2007 at 02:19 PM
    For the comment bringing race into this. How do you know it was the police department and not the DAs office who didn't file your charges? We send up cases everyday to the district attorney's office and they get refused for one reason or the other. For the one who believes state troopers are of higher caliber why? They work traffic accidents and write traffic tickets? They don't come to your house when mommy and daddy can't get along and they don't come to the house where uncle pervert has been playing doctor with little ms. innocent so how do you figure they are higher caliber...because they are with the state? Butler brother our prayers are with you! Oh and to Superman with the "top secret clearance" go back to your computer games and heaven forbid you drop a pencil.
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