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    paralyzed ex-LAPD cop settles with Glock gun maker

    Lawsuit?
    Really?


    Attorneys for a gun manufacturer and a retired LAPD officer who was paralyzed when his 3-year-old son accidentally fired the officer’s handgun while riding in the family truck told a judge Wednesday a settlement was reached in the ex-lawman’s lawsuit.

    The announcement came as Los Angeles Superior Court Judge J. Stephen Czuleger was about to begin the process of selecting a jury for trial of the lawsuit brought in July 2008 by then-Officer Enrique Herrera Chavez and his wife, Leonora Aduna Chavez, against Glock Inc. and the Los Angeles Police Revolver and Athletic Club.

    No settlement terms were divulged.

    Chavez, now 45, was off duty when he was shot on July 11, 2006, while driving his Ford Ranger near Harbor Boulevard and La Palma Avenue in Anaheim. The former Marine, who joined the LAPD in 1996, was on his way to drop off his son, Collin, with a family member before testifying in a court case.

    The boy was able to get hold of his father’s weapon while sitting in the back seat and shot the officer in the back. Chavez, who was assigned to the Newton Division, was rendered a paraplegic paralyzed from the waist down.

    Judge Kevin Brazile granted a defense motion in July 2010 dismissing the entire case, but his ruling was partially reversed on appeal. The Los Angeles Police Revolver and Athletic Club sold Chavez the Glock 21 firearm in 2003.

    The former officer alleged the gun and hip holster were negligently designed without a grip safety and that it required only minimal pressure to discharge.

    “In fact, the trigger energy on the Glock is so low that it was easier to pull the trigger on the Glock than on cheap, plastic toy guns ordered off the Internet,” the plaintiffs’ attorneys stated in their court papers.

    Defense attorneys countered that Chavez admitted he forgot the gun was in the back seat when he put his son in the truck, but not in a car seat as required by law. He also did not disassemble it so it would be inoperable, they said.

    “There is no such thing as a childproof firearm,” the Glock lawyers stated in their court papers.

    A grip safety could easily have been deactivated by a child like Chavez’s son because it only required a small amount of pressure, the Glock lawyers said.

    “(Chavez) admits that he could have easily prevented this incident by following (Glock’s) warnings, his LAPD training and some common sense,” according to the handgun manufacturer’s court papers.
    Attorneys for a gun manufacturer and a retired LAPD officer who was paralyzed when his 3-year-old son accidentally fired the officer’s handgun while riding in the family truck told a judge Wednesday a settlement was reached in the ex-lawman’s lawsuit. The announcement came as Los Angeles Superior Court Judge J. Stephen Czuleger was about to begin …
    A man can never have too much red wine, too many books, or too much ammunition.

    - Rudyard Kipling

    #2
    It's his fault the 3 year old was able to access his firearm. There's no personal responsibility anymore....
    “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are." - Benjamin Franklin

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      #3
      Very sad, but I agree he was careless and should know better than than to leave any loaded firearm in the back seat of his truck especially as the father of a 3-year old.

      What other common, modern pistols have grip safeties besides XDs and 1911s? That was an argument?

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        #4
        I guess blaming others is easier. I am sure his 3 year old does not have much cash he could have sued for.

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          #5
          Wait... He didn't put his kid in a car seat, he didn't put his gun away from said back seat, and he sued the manufacturer because the gun functioned properly?
          And this was after years and years of training on the proper handling of firearms by LAPD...
          WUT?! Darwin was slacking on this one..

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          • John060404
            John060404 commented
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            ... and USMC... he should know better than most... very sad.

          #6
          The kid is probably a better shot than his dad...

          The irony is that he admitted negligence and still the verdict was in his favor!
          Why didn't he sue Ford for not making bulletproof seats?
          SHADAP VARMINT!

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          • Finicky Fat Guy
            Finicky Fat Guy commented
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            Actually, not a verdict. Glock decided ot pay the blackmail rather than risk a verdict.

          #7
          Ridiculous! Glock should cease doing business with government agencies in CA.
          Exercise the Bill of Rights. It's good for your Constitution.

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            #8
            Sooo, your kid shoots you with your gun because you're not smart enough to practice proper gun safety. And it's the manufacture's fault? He's lucky the kid didn't accidentally shoot himself. I am sorry. LEO or not. This is a case of a poor decision made by the individual. The fact that he had military and LEO training only makes him look like a bigger knuckle head. He was trained better than that. He should have known better than to leave a loaded gun in the reach of a child. I'm sorry to hear of his injury, but he brought it upon himself. It's a sad story. I'm just glad we didn't read about a 3 year old child accidentally shooting himself.

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            • Mad Russian
              Mad Russian commented
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              That's just it, he was trained better than that, but he has bad decision making skills. No one should pay for that!

            #9
            I can't believe the original decision was overturned; one of the craziest things ever! Irresponsible father is a victim of his own stupidity and makes a fortune in the end. What a load of crap but so typical of today's judicial system, which is also a tremendous load of crap.

            I feel bad for that poor child. God help him.

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              #10
              SMH....Speechless..

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                #11
                they took pity on the idiot and instead of doing what was right they gave away a big corporations money because they felt it does not hurt anyone. Such bs

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                  #12
                  does not matter that there was no safety or the trigger was too light. he still left the firearm accessible to the kid.

                  i have met officers who spoke against having multiple safeties. reason being that in a serious moment it is one more thing to switch off or go wrong. i wonder how he felt about grip safetys before the incident.

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                    #13
                    Originally posted by Shamuscull View Post
                    they took pity on the idiot and instead of doing what was right they gave away a big corporations money because they felt it does not hurt anyone. Such bs
                    Typical liberal mentality in that courtroom. Corporate money is free. They think the same way about taxes.
                    Exercise the Bill of Rights. It's good for your Constitution.

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                      #14
                      This is right up there with the burglar that hurts him/herself while breaking into your home and then turns around and sues you for negligence and pain and suffering!

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                        #15
                        Read again...NO VERDICT WAS ISSUED. Glock settled out of court.

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                        • Mad Russian
                          Mad Russian commented
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                          True. Maybe the lawyers didn't like where this was going, especially in looney left Kalifornia.
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