‘Law & Order: SVU’: Detective Munch Was Once Shot in a Truly Surprising Place

In Law & Order: SVU, there have been a number of interesting situations throughout the series’ long history. One of those involves Detective John Munch (Richard Belzer) getting shot in a rather surprising place. We have all the information you need to know about the situation.

Detective John Munch was a regular part of ‘Law & Order: SVU’ from season 1 to season 15

Richard Belzer in 'Law & Order: SVU'
Richard Belzer in ‘Law & Order: SVU’ | Virginia Sherwood/NBCU Photo Bank

John Munch was already a seasoned law enforcement officer when he came to New York City and found himself a part of the Special Victim’s Unit. Before that, he was a homicide detective for the Baltimore Police Department in seven seasons of the series Homicide: Life on the Street. In SVU, he had three partners before becoming a Sergeant – Brian Cassidy (Dean Winters), Monique Jeffries (Michelle Hurd), and Odafin “Fin” Tutuola (Ice-T). 

Munch is known for his cynical views and fast, fun facts he always seems to have. He’s also an avid conspiracy theorist, and he is never shy when it comes to making his opinions known. His insight has been helpful on many occasions and his witty banter with Fin always keeps fans coming back for more.

Munch left SVU in season 15 in 2013, retiring from the department and becoming a DA investigator. However, he’s returned once before in season 15, episode 24 called “Spring Awakening” and season 17, episode 20 called “Fashionable Crimes.”

Munch was once shot in a truly surprising place on his body

Ice-T and Richard Belzer in 'Law & Order: SVU'
Ice-T and Richard Belzer in ‘Law & Order: SVU’ | Will Hart/NBCU Photo Bank NBCUniversal via Getty Images

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In season 7, episode 6 called “Raw,” Munch is shot in the buttocks after a surprising turn of events. A shooting in a school occurs when a child, who is only six years old, is shot and murdered. Two other children are also shot, and the detectives search for answers. Detectives visit the gun store that sold the gun used in the attacks, and the location happens to be used by “RAW,” also known as “Revolution Aryan Warriors.” The group is a “neo-Nazi white-supremacist group” according to the Fandom page for the episode. Both Munch and Fin deal with racist remarks from some members of RAW.

Kyle Acherman (Cody Kasch), the 16-year-old who is working behind the counter of the gun store, has a father who is leading the group, Brian (J.C. MacKenzie). Brannon Lee Redding (Joel Garland) was the one who killed the child and injured the others in a hate crime orchestrated by the group’s leader. Later, Kyle and another member of RAW, Christopher Rawlings (Keith Siglinger), start shooting in the courtroom during Brian’s trial, which leads to Munch getting shot in the buttocks, but that isn’t the only injury. Stabler is also wounded, and the school shooter is killed, as well as the judge and a law enforcement officer. Stabler kills Christopher, and Star Morrison, who is an FBI officer who is undercover, Dana Lewis (Marcia Gay Harden), kills Kyle before he can harm Stabler as he’s creeping up on him.

Later, Dana tells the detectives that the couple and parents who had adopted their son who was killed, Mark Whitlock (Myk Watford) and Janice Whitlock (Marin Hinkle), hired RAW in a terrible turn of events. They adopted a Black child, and the detectives thought they were really racists based on Dana’s information. But the couple hoped to collect life insurance on him, and the cops manage to arrest them both.

‘I’m glad you pulled through bro’

Dana apologizes to Munch for everything she said to him while undercover when he’s in the hospital recovering from his gunshot wound. She also apologizes to Fin as well. When Fin comes in to see his partner, he says, “So where is it you got shot?” 

“That would be in the a**,” Munch tells him while lying on his side. “You want to kiss it and make it better?”

Fin tells him to “be nice” to him or he won’t get the shake he “smuggled” in for his partner. Munch thanks him, and Fin says, “Thank you for not making me have to break in another partner. I’m glad you pulled through bro.”

This is arguably one of the most eventful cases in SVU history. Luckily, Munch makes a full recovery from his wound.