Cop protecting Obama shoots self in leg
A police officer assigned to guard President Barack Obama during his visit to India accidentally shot himself in the leg, news sources report.
According to QMI Agency, the incident took place at the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai, where the president and First Lady Michelle Obama were staying. The hotel was also one of the sites targeted during the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
The Hindustan Times reports that Suhas Chaudhary’s .38 was not locked, which led to the accidental firing on Saturday. Police report that Chaudhary had just finished his shift of guarding the Taj Mahal Hotel. When he was getting into his vehicle, he removed his gun and accidentally pulled the trigger.
No one else was reported to be injured and neither President Obama nor Michelle Obama were at the hotel when it happened. The bullet grazed Chaudhary’s leg before hitting the ground. He was taken to hospital.
The Indo-Asian News Service reports that the incident set off “minor chaos inside and outside the hotel.”
Obama is on a four-day visit to India, after which he is scheduled to travel to Indonesia. That leg of his foreign tour could also run into unexpected difficulties: The continuing eruption of Mount Merapi, a volcano that has killed 120 in Indonesia so far, is being closely watched by White House officials.