Bridgeport police officer who accidentally shot himself seeks accelerated rehabilitation

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BRIDGEPORT, Connecticut — A Bridgeport police officer who shot himself in the leg while examining a gun in a crowded restaurant has applied for a special probation program.

The Connecticut Post reports ( ) that Juan Santiago applied for accelerated rehabilitation Monday. He's charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, a misdemeanor.

Accelerated rehabilitation is for first time, nonviolent offenders. Santiago would not plead guilty but would be placed on probation for up to two years. If he commits no other crimes during probation the original charge is dismissed.

The 56-year-old Santiago has retired.

He said after the shooting the gun's hammer slipped from his thumb, hitting the firing pin.

Police said Santiago was examining a handgun in a restaurant on Dec. 17 when the gun went off, wounding him in the leg and shattering a window.

Information from: Connecticut Post,

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