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Posted: 3:24 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 2013
By Jason Stoogenke
YORK COUNTY, S.C. —
Investigators said they know why the school resource officer's gun went off Monday at a York County school. They're calling it a freak accident and said Deputy David Prescott reached back to put his key away and got it caught in the trigger of his gun. He shot the sidewalk outside York Comprehensive High School. Officers walked Channel 9 through it with blue simulation weapons. They said Prescott's holster is old and worn out, so the trigger is more exposed. The newer holsters cover the trigger. They said they're making sure all officers have the new ones and that now fewer than 10 are still waiting to switch over. Investigators also showed Eyewitness News two camera angles from the school's surveillance cameras. It's hard to see what happened in the video, but it's clear the gun went off and Prescott looks down. Students were close by. Investigators said no one was hurt and Prescott was cleared. He will be back at school Tuesday.
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