Jul 23, 2015 8:54 PM
Armed civilian guarding recruitment center in Ohio accidentally fires rifle
LANCASTER, Ohio — Armed civilians guarding a military recruitment center have been ordered to leave after one of them accidentally fired his rifle though no one was injured, the Columbus Dispatch reported Thursday.
According to the Ohio newspaper, the armed civilians have been guarding the center since Monday.
Similar armed guards have taken up positions at recruitment centers in New Hampshire, though no accidents have been reported. The armed civilians and veterans have received widespread support in the community for their action, intended to protect the recruiting centers from any repeat of the deadly shooting in Tennessee. They also want those serving in the recruitment centers to be allowed to carry weapons to protect themselves.
Ohio police have charged the man involved - Christopher A. Reed, 28, of Lancaster - with a misdemeanor after he accidentally fired his AR-15 rifle into the pavement.
The shopping-center owner in Ohio issued a statement saying it was decided that “for the safety of tenants, customers and construction personnel working in the immediate vicinity of the Military Recruiting Center, it would be best to request the removal of the armed individuals.”
Reed told police that he was holding his rifle outside the recruitment center when someone asked if he could take a look at it. Reed agreed, and while he was trying to clear the ammunition from the weapon, he accidentally fired one shot into the asphalt pavement.
The only damage was a hole in the pavement. The rifle was taken from Reed pending his appearance in court, the incident report says.
Reed was convicted of the same offense in 2013, and was fined $50, court records show.