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megimoo
09-14-2009, 10:25 PM
MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Police Department found that there is a serious problem with its guns. Officer Vidal Colon was injured over the weekend in a shootout, in which his gun jammed. The police chief has known about the problem for a year, but he is now taking immediate action following Saturday’s shooting. The chief sent a memo to the entire police department about the weapon problem. On Saturday, Colon responded to a report of a man armed with a gun near 36th and Scott streets. On Saturday, Colon responded to a report of a man armed with a gun near 36th and Scott streets.

Colon fired his gun 13 times, and the suspect, Louis Domenech, shot back six times, refusing to drop his weapon, said police.

Both men were hit, and police have been investigating the shootout. They learned that one bullet casing had stovepiped, or jammed, in the officer’s weapon....

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But, the memo to the department revealed that the problem could be with the gun itself.

"We had experienced a number of issues on the range with our issued Glock model 22, .40 caliber duty pistol magazines, which represents 45 percent of our issued weapons," said Flynn in the memo.

The chief became aware of the problem in January 2008. Since then, "Glock has replaced 2,700 pistol magazines at no cost to the Milwaukee Police Department," said Flynn in the memo.

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Gingersnap
09-15-2009, 09:44 AM
From reading the technical bulletin, it sounds like the main problem is with the officers: they aren't getting in adequate range time. If they were practicing every couple of weeks, the round wouldn't be constantly re-chambered.