“The [SIG Sauer] The P320 had known problems with unprimed discharges at the time the City purchased them,” the Milwaukee Police Association’s lawsuit states. “Unprimed discharges are inherently unsafe, especially for police.”
SIG Sauer did not return CNN’s request for comment on the lawsuit Tuesday.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Officer Adam Maritato, who was shot in the leg with another officer’s gun during a struggle with a suspect in 2020. According to the lawsuit, “when he encountered the suspect he was struggling with he unloaded without a trigger.”
Maritato recovered after undergoing rehabilitation and physical therapy, according to the suit.
Prosecutors say the incident involving Maritato was one of at least three documented cases in which a Milwaukee Police officer was injured without a discharge from a SIG Sauer P320, including a recent accidental discharge on Sept. 10.
“The safety of our members is one of the Milwaukee Police Department’s (MPD) highest priorities,” the department said in a statement. “MPD continues to consult with our legal team to explore all options.”
The company’s website says the leak is “a rare occurrence with very specific conditions.”