United Airlines Worker Accidentally Shot By Passenger

A United Airlines employee was accidentally shot by a passenger who was trying to check a hunting rifle for a flight at Louis Armstrong International Airport in Kenner.

The mishap was reported about 10:15 a.m. Deputies issued Edward Deubler, 65, of Harvey a misdemeanor summons for negligent injury, said Sgt. Larry Dyess, spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Deubler had been trying to check the rifle with an employee at the United ticket counter when the weapon discharged, Dyess said. The bullet struck a counter and a piece of the bullet struck the male employee in the leg.

He was transported to a local hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries, Dyess said.

The Transportation Security Administration said guns are allowed in checked baggage provided they are declared during the ticket counter check-in process, unloaded and in a hard-sided container. The container must be locked.

“We are reviewing the circumstances surrounding this incident,” agency spokesman Jon Allen said.