- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A state judge has approved a probation program for a Bridgeport police officer who shot himself in the leg by accident at a busy bagel shop.

Juan Santiago appeared Tuesday in Bridgeport Superior Court and was granted accelerated rehabilitation by Judge Earl Richards. A misdemeanor charge of unlawful discharge of a firearm will be erased if he completes six months of probation.

State police say Santiago was with three other city officers at the Bagel King last December when he mishandled a pistol. Authorities say the gun fired a shot that wounded Santiago’s left thigh and shattered a window, but no one else was hurt.

Some city residents criticized local police for not immediately arresting Santiago, who was charged nearly two month later.

The 29-year police veteran is now retired.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide