SEPTA Police Are Becoming Sauer

The SEPTA Transit Police are suing the Sig-Sauer firearms company after on of their officers accidentally discharged his firearm inside a subway station.

The Philadelphia Police Department officially exonerated the SEPTA police officer whose Sig Sauer P320 service weapon discharged unintentionally at a Center City train station.

“The investigation is complete, and has determined that there was no criminal culpability or wrongdoing on the part of the officer with regard to the discharge,” said Sekou Kinebrew, Philadelphia Police Department spokesperson, in an email.

Apparently, the SEPTA and Philly PD are blaming the gun; claiming it went off by itself.

The transit officer was on patrol during rush hour at Suburban Station when his holstered Sig service weapon discharged. There were no reported injuries and a preliminary inspection found no cause for the weapon to fire.

In the weeks that followed, SEPTA ordered 350 new Glock pistols to replace the Sigs. The unplanned switch cost the authority more than $175,000, not including “unanticipated processing and labor costs.”

The Suburban Station discharge was one of several unintentional firings involving U.S. law enforcement and the P320.

I don’t have much knowledge about Sig-Sauer pistols, especially the P320, but I have a hard time believing the model just goes off for like, no reason

5 thoughts on “SEPTA Police Are Becoming Sauer

  1. My wife has a Sig Sauer in .45 ACP. I used it to renew/qualify for my concealed carry permit a few years ago. Very nice pistol, very accurate and easy to control.

    ? Did I say control? Yup. Control. It means being aware that you have on your person a device that can be deadly, and that you are responsible for it use, or misuse. Control has to be constant, or you become a danger to yourself and anyone near you.

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  2. I read that they had a problem discharging when dropped, but nothing about firing while riding around in a holster. Seems like an odd tale.

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  3. $50 says he was carrying it in a crap holster, like the SERPA, or was otherwise mishandling it.
    Even before the factory fix, the P320 only discharged if dropped from a certain minimum height at a certain angle, or was struck with force corresponding to that.

    I’ve probably carried, and fired, my P320 longer and more often than that officer and never once had it discharge in the holster. Of course, I don’t use a crap holster, I do mind where I put my finger, and I don’t needlessy play around with my holster, so I can’t say the two situations are exactly the same.

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  4. Mike47 – So, if SEPTA bought the first batch, there may be a legitimate problem. Interesting.

    TX Nick – That’s my problem with this story. The writer claims the SEPTA officer had the weapon holstered when it went off. That seems way too hinky to me.

    Ingineer66 – Agreed. It also seems like the department is in CYA mode.

    Ben – A lot of cops keep the same holster for years. It’ll sag, or the snap isn’t very secure, or the leather is all worn. People are lazy, and don’t think a worn holster is a concern. I change me holsters often, if for no other reason than I don’t want some thug to easily rip my pistol out.

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