West Virginia Trooper Accidentally Shoots Himself Following A Training Session
A West Virginia State Police Trooper accidentally shot himself while cleaning an off-duty weapon on Monday at the State Police Academy in Institute.
According to WSAZ, Lt. Michael Baylous, spokesman for the State Police, said there was an accidental discharge of the weapon and the trooper shot himself in the hand and wrist area.
[su_center_ad]The trooper was cleaning and dismantling a gun following a training session when it accidentally discharged just before 5:00 p.m.
The trooper’s name has not been released and he is expected to recover.
Off-duty weapons are typically not carried by troopers while in uniform.
However, weapons are approved for troopers to carry concealed while off-duty.
According to Baylous, there are several different types of off-duty weapons. “All of them are different in how they function and for whatever reason there was a round that went off while he was handling that weapon,” he said.
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