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San Francisco Sheriff Launches Investigation Into Deputy Shooting at Hall of Justice

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    San Francisco Sheriff Vicki Hennessy on Thursday said an investigation has been launched into a deputy accidentally firing a non-duty weapon inside the Hall of Justice. Christie Smith reports. (Published Thursday, April 14, 2016)

    Authorities are investigating an accidental shooting inside San Francisco's Hall of Justice, Sheriff Vicki Hennessy said on Thursday.

    The shooting occurred Wednesday morning when a bailiff, who does not currently carry a weapon in their current role, fired a non-duty weapon while talking with another deputy on the third floor.

    "I was relieved no one was hurt was my first reaction," Hennessy said. "My second reaction was what were they thinking?"

    Hennessy said she has organized training for both deputies on safety procedures. In addition, a safety bulletin about gun safety has been placed throughout the sheriff's department.

    Both deputies are still on duty.

    "Personal guns are allowed at times in our policy, but you're not supposed to carry them, not supposed to be bringing them in, and basically taking them out and showing them to people," Hennessy said.

    San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi said the shooting raises concerns.

    "It's frightening something like this could happen," he said. "I think that this situation should be thoroughly investigated to make sure this doesn't happen again."

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