The Long Beach police officer who accidentally shot and wounded a man during a traffic stop near a reggae festival earlier this year will not face criminal charges, according to a report by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office released Thursday, Sept. 12.

Officials say the motorcycle officer, at around 11:30 p.m. Feb. 9, accidentally shot his weapon because he was wearing thicker riding gloves than usual.

People cannot be convicted of shooting a firearm in a grossly negligent manner if the incident was accidental, without the intent required for the crime, the report says.

That office conducts independent investigations of officer-involved shootings.

The incident occurred near the One Love Reggae Festival at the Queen Mary during a checkpoint traffic stop in the 900 block of Harbor Plaza off of the 710 Freeway.

Five people in a Honda Civic, driven by Anthony Garcia, arrived at the checkpoint. Officer Kenny Cruz saw an open beer bottle in the vehicle’s center console, the report says.

The officer reached into the car, with the passengers complying, to get the beer bottle. Cruz then noticed a wooden gun handle in the hands of a passenger in the back, according to the report.

Cruz shouted “Gun!” to alert the other officers and drew his weapon, the report says, and then grabbed the passenger’s weapon.

The officers called for backup.

Motorcycle Officer Suradech Sriwanthana, aware of the reported gun, responded and stopped in front of the car.

He saw the front passengers with their hands raised in the air, but drew his weapon because a gun was found in the vehicle, according to the report. Sriwanthana then tried to activate the flashlight mounted on his gun to better see the passengers, the report says.

Sriwanthana, wearing thicker riding gloves because of the cold, rainy weather, tried multiple times to turn on the switch for the flashlight, which is on the front strap of the grip.

“Sriwantahna felt the recoil from his weapon,” the report says, “which confused him because his finger was not on the trigger and he did not recall pulling it.”

Garcia was struck in his right forearm.

Sriwanthana told officers that he had an accidental discharge.

The motorcycle officer had never shot a qualification course with those thicker gloves, the report says.

Investigators say that Sriwanthana had no reason to believe his thicker gloves, which aren’t significantly bigger than his normal gloves, were unsafe.

The front passenger, who owned the car, told investigators that she did not believe Sriwanthana purposely fired, the report says.

Garcia was taken to a hospital.

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