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An airport police officer who found a pistol in a passenger’s carry-on bag shot himself in the face – after he discharged the firearm by accident.

The bungling officer at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport grazed the left side of his face during the incident.

Security screeners had spotted Richard Popkin’s .22-caliber pistol – loaded with five rounds of ‘snake shot’ ammunition used to kill small animals – as the bag was passed through an X-ray machine.

While talking to Popkin about how to clear the pistol, he unintentionally fired a shot – and was grazed by a pellet fragment on the left side of his face. He reported not suffering any visible injuries.

Source: Lee Moran for Dailymail.co.uk

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