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Royal Cop Accidentally Fires Gun In Car
A Royal protection officer guarding the home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in North Wales is under investigation after he accidentally fired his gun while sitting inside a car.
Nobody was injured when the officer, who was sitting in the vehicle in Anglesey with another policeman, let off the shot while on duty in North Wales last week.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Shortly before 1pm on Wednesday October 24, an on-duty MPS police officer unintentionally discharged a firearm while in an unmarked police vehicle.
"The round damaged the floor of the vehicle. Another on-duty officer was in the vehicle at the time of the incident. Neither officer was injured.
"The officers were on duty in North Wales at the time."
The force stressed that the officers were some distance away from the property at the time the gun went off.
Police would not comment on the type of gun was fired, but Royal protection officers routinely use 9mm Glock 17 pistols.
Both the officers are attached to Specialist Operations.
The Met spokesman said its Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed of the incident and the officer concerned has been removed from firearms duty pending the outcome of inquiries.
Prince William, or Flight Lieutenant Wales as he is known in his capacity as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot, captains Sea King helicopters from his unit's base at RAF Valley in North Wales.
In June 2000, a Royal protection officer accidentally fired two shots on the Royal train while the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were on board.
No one was injured in the incident, which occurred in the early hours of the morning.
In November 2008, one of Tony Blair's bodyguards accidentally fired his gun as the former prime minister prepared to board a flight to Ben Gurion Airport in Israel. Again, no one was hurt.