Paralyzed LAPD Officer Loses Gun Lawsuit

July 22, 2010

A retired Los Angeles policeman who was paralyzed when his son accidentally fired his handgun has lost a lawsuit against the gunmaker.

A judge dismissed the product liability suit against Glock Inc.

Enrique Chavez was shot in the back by his 3-year-old son in 2006 and paralyzed from the waist down. The boy was riding in his truck and grabbed his .45-caliber Glock 21 pistol from the back seat.

The lawsuit claimed the Glock’s trigger safety design was at fault.

But Superior Court Judge Kevin Brazile said the LAPD had concluded the Glock was safer than other brands. He threw out the case against Glock, the gun’s seller and the maker and seller of a holster.

Chavez’s attorney, Justin Ehrlich, says the decision will be appealed.

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