Federal agent accidentally shoots self at Orlando airport, police say

Gun falls out of agent's holster

ORLANDO, Fla. – A federal agent accidentally shot himself in the foot Tuesday morning at Orlando International Airport as he was heading to the security checkpoint, Orlando police said.

Orlando police said that the gun fell out of the agent's holster as he was adjusting a bag and went off when he went to grab it.

The bullet hit the agent in the foot and was later found a few feet away, police said.

No one else was hurt during this incident, according to authorities.

The gun went off at Terminal A near the security checkpoint for gates 70 to 129. WKMG-TV spoke with a woman who was waiting for her flight just a few feet away when it happened.

"I was a little taken back that nobody was moving," Denver resident Jenny Fulks said.

Fulks said she arrived early for her flight when she heard the gunshot from about 20 feet away.

"I heard a loud bang and I know that noise, I've heard it before," Fulks said.

She said she was surprised nothing was announced over the overhead speakers to alert the crowd as to what had just happened.

"I did see airport officials walking towards the area and it was almost like they were cueing each other," Fulks said. "It's very odd, nothing I've ever seen before."

Orlando police said that while the federal agent was unslinging a shoulder bag, the bag caught on the agent's holstered weapon and as the agent tried to catch the firearm, he inadvertently pulled the trigger.

An airport representative said it was an isolated incident and that there was no disruption to airline operations.

Fulks said she is glad to hear that this was not an intentional act.

"I'm glad he's going to be OK," Fulks said. "I'm glad no one else was injured."

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