While inside the residence, Officer Moreno was standing on top of a table while attempting to search an attic crawl space using his pistol mounted flashlight. The table overturned and Officer Moreno fell, thereby causing his firearm to accidentally discharge once and strike another officer in the tops of both feet. The other officer was injured and required medical treatment.The idea of a gun-mounted flashlight seems like one of those ideas that wasn't fully vetted before some vendor(s) began convincing departments to adopt the equipment. After all, in this instance the officer would never have unholstered his weapon at all if he weren't using the attachment, so the decision to equip him that way IMO is as much to blame for the episode as his own clumsiness. Mistakes will happen in the field, and for that reason there shouldn't be a lot of extra gadgetry officers are trying to work anywhere near the trigger of their firearm.
I can understand why departments would discipline when a cop accidentally discharges his service weapon, but arguably this incident points more to a flawed equipment decision by police administrators. I won't be at all surprised to see more accidental shootings happen while an officer is fumbling with their gun's flashlight attachment.
UPDATE: I emailed this post to Austin Chief Art Acevedo, who replied that, "We prohibited certain types of lights because of this type of incident."