MANHATTAN — An off-duty correction officer was arrested for showing off his service weapon in a Hell's Kitchen restaurant and accidentally shooting himself and another woman Tuesday night, sources said.
Officer Mario Carrillo, 56, ordered a Corona and a shot of tequila from the bar of Mamasita Bar and Grill at 818 10th Ave., near West 55th Street, took a few sips of beer before going to the bathroom and then sitting down with a table of three police academy cadets about 8 p.m., according to the restaurant's owner and police.
"He sat with them for a minute. He was showing his gun to the people under the table. Not even 10 seconds later, it went off," said Mamasita's owner Prakash Hundalani, 57.
Video reviewed by DNAinfo New York shows Carrillo suddenly jerk back as the .9 mm bullet hit his hand.
"There was a big, loud boom. The dust was moving. His ring finger was completely gone. The rest of his hand was full of blood," Hundalani said.
"He was yelling, 'My finger is gone! Call an ambulance!'" Hundalani added.
The bullet also hit the right foot of a 29-year-old woman who was sitting at the table with them, police said.
"She was a complete champ. She didn't cry. She was very tough. She'll make a very good cop one day," Hundalani said.
Emergency responders got to the scene quickly and brought Carrillo and the other woman to Bellevue Hospital, police said.
Carrillo, who lives in Manhattan and joined the DOC in 2011, was arrested about 12:30 a.m. on charges of assault and reckless endangerment, police said.
The officer initially told investigators his finger snagged the trigger as he tried to catch the service weapon that had fallen from his waistband, sources said.
But investigators believe he'd been displaying the gun and handling it when he accidentally discharged it, sources said.
"This matter is under investigation," said Correction spokesman Peter Thorne.