An unidentified NYPD transit cop unintentionally discharged his weapon during an arrest in Harlem Tuesday night.
Police arrested 47-year-old Richard Pearson, a homeless man with an extensive police record. Pearson allegedly grabbed $40 off of an outside table at a Mexican restaurant.
Two transit police were trying to cuff Pearson when he started struggling. One officer went to put his service gun back in his holster to assist in the arrest when he unintentionally discharged the weapon.
The Sig Sauer 9mm handgun fired one round, hitting Pearson in the right calf.
"I thought my finger was off the trigger," the cop allegedly said. The 30-year-old officer has been with NYPD for five years and has been placed on administrative duties during the investigation.
Pearson was taken to the hospital for treatment and was later charged with petit larceny and resisting arrest.