Boom, headshot! Riot officer safety checks his weapon against his face (VIDEO)

A riot police officer shot himself in the face after bending over while tamping his weapon on the ground.

The officer is seen tapping what appears to be a single shot 40mm grenade launcher on the ground when the round suddenly detonates, launching the projectile into his helmet as he rears back from the blast.

It’s unclear if the officer was checking to see if the weapon was loaded, was trying to clear a jam, or just heard a really wicked beat in his head and was attempting to keep rhythm. Any way you cut it, stooping over a firearm and staring down the barrel is never a good idea.

[ LiveLeak ]