Deputy Drops the Ball, Drops Her Gun

Not the first clumsy offense

By Matt Bartosik
|  Thursday, Jul 22, 2010  |  Updated 8:00 AM CDT
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A Lake County sheriff's deputy really dropped the ball on Wednesday morning. And by ball we mean gun. And by dropped we mean in a crowded lobby.

Deputy Karen Harris was placed on administrative leave after her gun fell out of its holster and slid across the lobby floor at the Lake County courthouse, reports Chicago Breaking News.

Fortunately, the weapon never fired during the 8:30 a.m. incident.

Luck of the draw?

But this isn't the first time the deputy's butterfingers were the source of real danger.

In February 2009, the 23-year veteran accidentally shot herself while getting her gun out of the trunk of her car, according to the Daily Herald. Harris injured her own hand and abdomen.

Harris' badge—and more importantly, her weapon—have been confiscated.

"Oftentimes, these things speak for themselves," Sheriff Mark Curran said, reports the Chicago Tribune. "As far as I'm concerned, this is something that shouldn't be happening."

Hopefully, Harris won't be dropping by anytime soon.

Matt Bartosik is a Chicago native and a social media sovereign.

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