A Salt Lake City policeman met an untimely end after a new guy dropped his gun 120 years ago.
Sgt. Alonzo Wilson, 54, was working a morning desk sergeant shift on April 12, 1894, his pregnant and very expectant wife at home. But Wilson would never see the baby's face. A new patrolman dropped a loaded pistol and the gun went off when it hit the floor, hitting Wilson in his right knee and shattering his femur, according to a Salt Lake City police memorial that honored the anniversary of the fallen officer's death on Saturday.
Wilson was taken to the hospital, where his leg was amputated. During the surgery, though, doctors found that the bullet had traveled to Wilson's torso.