Officer hurt after accidental shooting at SWAT Conference

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – An officer from a southern Indiana Department accidentally shot himself Monday morning. It happened at the Allen County Sheriff’s Department Training Center on Adams Center Road just after 11:30 A.M.

Hundreds of officers are in town for the Indiana SWAT Officers Association Spring Conference. Part of the conference includes training on the shooting range at the Allen County Sheriff’s Department Training Center. Police at the range said the officer was participating in a training exercise when the accident happened.

“He went to draw his sidearm at which time it caught on his pants or coat. An accidental discharge did occur at that time. The bullet grazed his leg,” said Corporal Jeremy Tinkel with the Allen County Sheriff’s Department.

An ambulance was called to the shooting range, and the officer was treated and released at the scene. He continued his training afterwards. Corporal Tinkel said the officer is in good condition.

“It’s one of those things that can happen, and it does happen. When you’re handling weapons all the time, even though you are trained to do it, sometimes things like this do happen. Fortunately, it was nothing serious. It was taken care of and everybody can get back to learning,” said Corporal Tinkel.

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