- Apr 24, 2005
- Plymouth County
Police recruit accidentally shoots himself at North Dartmouth firing range
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By Brian Fraga
Standard-Times staff writer
May 14, 2008 6:00 AM
NEW BEDFORD — A police recruit accidentally shot himself Monday during live-fire training at the New Bedford Police Department's shooting range on Woodcock Road in North Dartmouth.
The student officer from the Marshfield Police Department was placing his department-issued firearm in his holster when the weapon accidentally discharged, said Terrel Harris, a spokesman for the state Executive Office of Public Safety.
The bullet entered the recruit's upper thigh and lodged in his lower leg, officials said.
The recruit was taken by ambulance to St. Luke's Hospital, where he was admitted overnight. Mr. Harris said the recruit's injuries were not life-threatening.
The student officer was undergoing night fire training at the range, which is run by the New Bedford Police Department. The recruit was a student in the Plymouth Regional Police Academy, Mr. Harris said.
The accident occurred just after 4 p.m., Mr. Harris said.
He said the student officer's firearm will be inspected by the Marshfield Police Department armorer to determine whether it has mechanical faults.
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