A former Long Beach police sergeant, who police said was named as being one of three retired LBPD personnel involved in alleged online threats toward activist Shaun King, was hospitalized this week after accidentally shooting himself in a “lower extremity” at a gas station, authorities said Saturday, June 27.
Long Beach officers were called to the 3000 block of Bellflower Boulevard regarding an accidental discharge of a concealed firearm about 7:30 p.m. Friday and found 54-year-old Jeffrey Garcia of Long Beach with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, police said.
They do not believe the accidental discharge was related to the alleged online threats targeting King, a Black Lives Matter activist who said he chronicled threats and posted screenshots from a private Facebook group of current and former law enforcement in California. King wrote an article about it on medium.com on Thursday, June 25.
Garcia was inside the gas station when the gun discharged. He was taken by paramedics to a local hospital for treatment, police said.
The handgun was located by police and collected as evidence. They did not say exactly where on his body Garcia was injured.
According to the screenshots with King’s article, Garcia and two other retired LBPD officers engaged in comments on the Facebook post, which contained messages of putting a team together to stop criminals that Democrats created, according to the screenshots. Another message referred to organizing violence toward King.
Garcia retired from the LBPD in 2014, police said, adding the other two retired in 1997 and 1993. LBPD had requested the assistance of the FBI in investigating the alleged threats.
The department does not typically release detailed information regarding accidental firearm discharges, but did so in this case “in a proactive effort to ensure openness within our community,” police said in a news release.
“Anytime a firearm is discharged in public, a thorough investigation is conducted,” police said. “Both the preliminary and subsequent investigations for this incident will be thoroughly evaluated.”