Charges were filed against a Warren County Corrections Officer on Monday by Millcreek Police for an incident on Feb. 7.
Blair Alexander Johnson, 23, Warren, was trying on a 5.11 tactical concealed carry shirt with a built-in holster, according to the affidavit of probable cause. He had entered the Gander Mountain store on Interchange Road in Erie with a concealed Glock 17 nine-millimeter pistol on his right hip. He does have a valid concealed carry permit.
At approximately 2:50 p.m., Johnson entered a fitting room, took off his sweatshirt and t-shirt, then put on the 5.11 shirt. He then wanted to see how the handgun fit the shirt, so he dropped the magazine, cleared the weapon and locked back the slide.
Johnson then reinserted the magazine, and the slide went forward, loading the weapon. He pulled the trigger, and the weapon discharged, and the bullet went through his sweatshirt on the bench, passed through the bench, struck the drywall and lodged there.
The affidavit continued, Johnson put on his clothing and left the fitting room, then realized he was still wearing the 5.11 shirt, so he went into a different fitting room, removed the 5.11 shirt and left it in the fitting room. He also left his sweatshirt, which had gun powder and bullet holes in it. He left the store at approximately 2:55 p.m.
Johnson was charged with recklessly endangering another person, a second degree misdemeanor and a summary charge of criminal mischief through District Justice Susan Strohmeyer's office in Erie.
Last week, he was suspended as a corrections officer at the Warren County Jail without pay, and if he is convicted, he will be terminated, according to Warren County District Attorney Rob Greene.