Cop recovering after shooting himself in foot
Police say criminal charges are not pending
An off-duty Davie police officer is recovering at home after shooting himself in his right foot Saturday at a restaurant in town.
Maiker Sanchez, 36, was treated at Memorial Hospital Pembroke and released, Davie Police Capt. Dale Engle said Monday. Sanchez, a road patrol officer, is using personal time while his wound heals, the agency said.
The incident happened about 10:30 p.m. at Geronimos Bar & Grill, at 3528 S. University Dr.
“He was using his personal weapon that doesn’t belong to the department,” Engle said. “Internally, we continue to look at it but we don’t anticipate any criminal charges being filed.”
Sanchez kept a .380-caliber Glock pistol in his right pants pocket. Sanchez’s group at the restaurant included his wife, two daughters and officers from Davie and Miami-Dade police departments who had dined and were preparing to leave, according to an incident report.
It said the injured officer thought his key ring may have hooked onto the weapon’s trigger, causing the discharge.
Davie Police Officer Salvatore Gambino had left the party’s table and was walking toward the restaurant exit when he heard a “pop” noise. When he turned around, he saw his colleague Sanchez on the floor with a bleeding foot, the report said.
It describes how Sanchez had a small burn on his right thigh, a wound to the top of his right foot and a small opening at the bottom. Davie Fire Rescue took him to the hospital.
No one else was injured by the gunfire, police said.
“We do not believe alcohol was a factor,” Engle said.
Earlier this year, Sanchez received a three-day suspension after a resident complained about six on-duty officers meeting Aug. 12 at La Placita Restaurant & Bakery, at 6700 Stirling Rd., Engle confirmed.
The agency prohibits more than four officers lingering at the same place unless they have permission or are responding to a call.