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Denver police looking at gun-mounted flashlights

DENVER - Denver's police chief has ordered a review of all department policies after the second accidental shooting this month and the fifth in a little over a year.

The review is paying particular attention to gun-mounted tactical flashlights, which are blamed for at least two of the shootings. Some models have on/off switches located just below the gun's trigger guard.
The Denver Post reports Police Chief Robert White is reviewing the use of all such flashlights and may require officers who use them to undergo added training. He has already banned officers from using models with switches near the trigger guard.
Such flashlights have also been cited in other accidental police shootings across the country.
The latest shooting involved an officer chasing car-theft suspects Sunday night. No one was hit.

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