Gun scare at Prince William and Kate's home when weapon is 'accidentally' fired
A shiver when down Scotland Yard's spine last week when a gunshot was heard outside the home of Prince William and his wife Kate in Anglesey, Wales.
The fear was short-lived, as it was discovered that one of their plain-clothed protection officers accidentlally fired his gun. Nevertheless, the Yard has launched a investigation into the Oct. 24 incident and the policeman has been suspended from carrying a firearm.
The officer was sitting in a car at the time with a second officer when he "unintentionally discharged a firearm," according to Metropolitan Police, who only revealed the the facts of the accident on Friday. The bullet went into the floor of the unmarked vehicle and no one was hurt.
Reports are that Kate was in the home during the lunchtime incident while William was at RAF Valley, where he works at a helicopter pilot for search and rescue.
While it's easy to slough off the incident as no-harm, no-foul, Scotland Yard is playing it by the book as they hold an internal inquiry. Royal protection officers are generally equipped with a 9mm Glock 17 semi-automatic pistol.
This isn't the first time royals have been in the vicinity of gun accidents. In June 2000, the Queen and Prince Philip were aboard the Royal Train when one of their protection officers fired two shots by accident. The royal couple were sleeping in the next car at the time.
Police in the UK have had more than their share of accidental gun discharges. An investigation reported in the Daily Mail in 2010 revealed 110 incidents over three years when police fired their weapons unintentionally, or were guilty of "negligent dischages." That's compared to 29 incidents where the guns were fired on purpose.
Which just goes to show, even though the royals are well protected, the presence of guns doesn't make it safe.