To me, what stood out even more than the gun being in the bagage was the fact that the investigating officer obviously did not safely handle the firearm and negligently discharged the weapon...further endangering the public.
that was my first thought too
Shot placement is everything! I would rather take a round of 50BMG to the foot than a 22short to the base of the skull.
all 23 of my guns are 45/70 govt 357 mag, 22 or 12 ga... I believe in keeping it simple