Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor lost the tip of her trigger finger in an accident last month, TPD said Tuesday.
It happened at her home on June 9th. The chief was at home lowering her fishing boat while the motor was going, when her finger tip got severed.
"It happened before I knew it," Castor said.
The finger has since healed, and Chief Castor has retrained herself to use her middle finger as her trigger finger.
She said it took some practice to bring up the strength in her middle finger, and to be able to quickly draw the gun from its holster.
"I practiced drawing my firearm over and over. You have to go through that repetition so if the need arises to pull your firearm, it's automatic, you don't think about it," she said.
Castor said she is qualified with her middle finger now, making 38 out of 40 shots in the target area of the shooting test.
She showed her bandaged finger to reporters and joked that any possible career as a hand model has been ruined.
But she also said the accident was not that big of a deal.
"You have individuals who lost limbs in the Boston Marathon, you have soldiers that come back from war without limbs, and the tip of my finger is not a big issue," she said.
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