LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) -- Kentucky Representative Leslie Combs (D-Pikeville) accidentally fired her Ruger LCP handgun in her Capitol Annex office Tuesday, the eastern Kentucky lawmaker confirmed on Wednesday. No injuries were reported.
"I obviously was stunned," Combs said. "That's a first."
The three term representative said her Ruger semi-automatic handgun accidentally fired as she unloaded it while meeting with Representative Jeff Greer (D-Brandenburg).
"I was purposefully disarming it to put it up because I didn't like it and didn't want to use it anymore," Combs explained that she was planning on selling the gun.
"Why at that particular moment? I kind of had it on my brain. I had it in my purse," Combs said. "I carried it usually, and I thought I want to put that sucker away. And I did. And I was going through the process as I have been trained to do, had it pointed in the proper direction like I've been trained, was disarming it like Ive been trained to do, and ...like I said I am a gun owner .... it happens."
"The buller struck the carpet and broke into pieces," said House Speaker Greg Stumbo (D) Prestonsburg. "And the primary piece and other pieces were found lodged in the bookcase, the wooden bookcase that sits next to her desk."
Combs emphasized that "no one was in harm's way. I made sure of that."
"Rep. Greer was on the other side of the room," she said. "It was in the opposite direction."
Yesterday I accidentally discharged a gun in my LRC office. I urge all to be cautious and safe. Please go to my Facebook page for more.
— Leslie A. Combs (@combsleslie) January 8, 2014
Stumbo said he was briefed after an investigation by the Kentucky State Police's Legislative Security Branch.
"We recovered part of - most of - the bullet fragments," Sgt. Jason Palmer, the branch's commander told WHAS11. "No evidence was located demonstrating portions of the round traveled outside her office. And no injuries were reported at the time of the incident."
Though the shot was fired about 2:30pm, Palmer said Combs did not notify KSP until 4:25pm, nearly two hours later.
"I don't know what happened there," Palmer said. "I'm not sure why it took so long to get the call."
Palmer said everyone cooperated with the investigation and because it was an accident there was no criminal intent, therefore no criminal charges are expected.
"Fortunately, thank God, no one was injured," Stumbo said.
Stumbo said a number of lawmakers are armed, and he too has a concealed carry permit.
"Obviously we work late hours here and no - that doesn't concern me," Stumbo added that he was not carrying a weapon on Wednesday.
“On Tuesday, I accidentally discharged a firearm in my legislative office in the Capitol Annex. No one was hurt or in harm’s way, and I followed standard safety procedures when this accident occurred. The incident was investigated by the Kentucky State Police’s legislative detail, which confirmed that ‘no evidence was located that demonstrated any portion of the round traveled outside of Rep. Combs’ office.’
“I obtained my concealed-carry permit several years ago to better protect my safety, as I travel widely and sometimes at night. I strongly support our Second Amendment rights and our state’s concealed-carry law, and believe just as strongly that gun safety and education must be part of that equation. I urge everyone to be extremely cautious with their firearm. I know from personal experience how easy it is to discharge a firearm accidentally.”