A Tacoma man who was shot as he put his Sig Sauer pistol in a holster has sued the company for millions, alleging the firearms have a history of going off without the trigger being pulled.
Cody Hoefs argues the company knew about the defect and failed to do a mandatory recall.
“… Sig Sauer concealed and propagated a defective deadly weapon so as not to jeopardize a $580,000,000 contract with the United States military, whereby it chose to put profit over the safety and well-being (of) both law enforcement and the general public,” the lawsuit says.
The model, the Sig Sauer P320, was the subject of a CNN investigation in 2018.
News Tribune attempts to reach Sig Sauer for comment were not successful.
The lawsuit, filed Feb. 26 in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, gives this account:
Hoefs was at home Nov. 23, 2016 when he put his loaded pistol in the holster.
The gun went off “with no prompting while fully-seated in its Sig brand holster,” and Hoefs suffered a gunshot wound to his right thigh and lower leg, the complaint says.
The lawsuit lists a series of similar incidents in which Sig Sauer guns went off “without the trigger being pulled, or simply while being handled, accidentally dropped, or while being holstered.”
In one instance, a SWAT team member sued the company in 2017 in Connecticut. He alleged that he was shot in the knee when a P320 discharged without the trigger being pulled.
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