News Release: Associated Press
July 1, 2014
MIAMI (AP) -- A South Florida police officer is recovering after his holstered gun fired while he was chasing suspected thieves, wounding him in the leg.
Authorities said Monday that Officer Joel Basque of the Sweetwater Police Department was responding to a report of shoplifters at the Dolphin Mall near Miami. Basque and another officer tried to chase down the four suspects, who fled in different directions. They did catch one 18-year-old man.
Basque's gun went off during the chase. The Miami Herald reports that Basque was treated at a hospital and released. Authorities say he will be placed on routine administrative leave while the incident is investigated.
Basque has been with the department about a year.