Harris County sues after exploding Glock injures to deputy

By David Yates | Jan 3, 2019

HOUSTON – Last March, a Harris County deputy was allegedly seriously injured when his handgun exploded.

On Dec. 31, the county filed suit against the makers of the gun, Glock Inc., along with the makers and sellers of the ammunition, Olin Corp., in Harris County District Court, seeking up to $50,000 in damages.

According to the lawsuit, Deputy Herman Sanders was on duty on March 1, 2017 and injured as he pulled the trigger of a Glock 21, 45 caliber handgun “that exploded in his hand and face.”

Sanders was training at the firing range when the incident occurred.

“The bullets were ejected out of the barrel of the gun,” the suit states. “The round never left the pistol and blew back into Deputy Herman Sander’s face and hand.”

The county alleges the defendant companies negligently placed defective products into the stream of commerce.

The county is suing to recover worker compensation benefits paid to Sanders.

Harris County Attorney Yvette Jircik represents the county.

Case No. 2018-91640

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