Agency Had No Secondary Holster Policy When Deputy Was Killed

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Department had no secondary weapons holster policy when Deputy Sgt. Rod Lucas was shot in the chest and killed with a secondary weapon.

Lucas was 46 years old when he was killed on October 31, 2016.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Lucas and a detective, now identified as 34-year-old Jared Mullis, were discussing the carry of backup weapons when Mullis’ backup weapon accidentally discharged, firing a bullet that struck Lucas in the chest. The Times reported that Lucas and Mullis “were in a room with two other colleagues and there was no dispute, just a conversation about weapons safety.”

The Fresno Bee now reports that “the sheriff’s office had no approved holsters policy for safely securing secondary guns.” A new Cal-OSHA report to the county recommends the implementation of a policy that would govern second holsters just like primary ones.

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