Bridgeport residents protest against cop who accidentally shot himself

Protesters in Bridgeport are demanding that criminal charges be filed against the police officer who accidentally shot himself at a bagel shop last week.

Officer Juan Santiago shot himself in the leg at the Bagel King on Main Street. Police say the gun used in the shooting was not his service weapon.

Officer Juan Santiago shot himself in the leg at the Bagel King on Main Street. Police say the gun used in the shooting was not his service weapon. (12/24/13)

BRIDGEPORT - Protesters in Bridgeport are demanding that criminal charges be filed against the police officer who accidentally shot himself at a bagel shop last week.

Officer Juan Santiago shot himself in the leg at the Bagel King on Main Street. Police say the gun used in the shooting was not his service weapon.

Demonstrators gathered outside police headquarters yesterday. They say officer Santiago should have been charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm and reckless endangerment.

Many of the protesters are licensed gun carriers. One resident, Elizabeth Drysdale, said, "Had that been me, my permit would have been revoked, my firearms would have been seized, and I would have been arrested on the spot."

City officials say state police are investigating the incident, and the officer is out on sick leave. 

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