Officer who accidentally fired gun in mall fined $1,000

MILWAUKEE -- Michael Edwards, the Milwaukee Police officer whose gun went off after he dropped it at Southridge Mall while off-duty, was ordered to pay $1,000 in fines during his sentencing hearing on Wednesday, October 24th.

Edwards reached a plea deal in his case Thursday, October 18th. He was originally charged with endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon. That charge was dropped, and Edwards instead pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct while armed/use of a dangerous weapon. 

The incident occurred in front of Auntie Annie’s Pretzels. When the officer reached for his wallet, the gun went off. Edwards immediately contacted mall security. Greendale police say Edwards was extremely cooperative and embarrassed.