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A Baltimore County Police officer this morning suffered injuries that appear minor and non life-threatening when he accidently shot himself during routine annual qualification drills at BCoPD's shooting range in Towson.

Preliminary investigation shows the officer was performing timed drills at the outdoor portion of the range at about 9 a.m. These rigorous drills test officers' ability to fire with accuracy within set time constraints and in various positions and circumstances. The officer pulled his service weapon from the holster, preparing to shoot at a target, when he prematurely pulled the trigger. The gun was still pointed downward when the trigger was pulled, and the round grazed the officer before hitting the ground.

He has been transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and is listed in good condition.

The range -- shut down immediately after the accidental shooting -- has reopened.

BCoPD uses frangible ammunition, not lead rounds, during training. A frangible round is made of a composite material that disintegrates when it hits material harder than itself. This round disintegrated when it hit the ground.

Officers must report each year to the range to qualify for firearms proficiency. The range is located in the 2000 block of Dulaney Valley Road.

An internal investigation of this highly unusual incident is ongoing.

Just before 2 a.m. this morning, a Baltimore County Police officer stopped a 2014 Ford Mustang for speeding at Dulaney Valley Road and I-695 in Towson.

The officer suspected that the driver been drinking so he had the driver exit the vehicle for field sobriety tests. After failing field sobriety tests, the driver was arrested and taken to the Towson precinct for processing.

The person arrested has been identified as 23-year-old Bernard Hayward Pierce of Baltimore. Pierce is a member of the Baltimore Ravens.

Pierce was cooperative with police. He was processed and released per Baltimore County Police Department procedures.

Pierce was charged with:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol
  • Driving while impaired by alcohol
  • Exceeding maximum speed: 55 Mph in a posted 30 Mph zone
  • Driving vehicle in excess of reasonable and prudent speed on a highway

Baltimore County Police Department procedures allow for a person arrested for DUI to be released to a responsible adult if the following conditions are met:

  • The person must be a Maryland resident
  • A responsible, sober adult must be willing to pick the person up and take responsibility for the person within two hours
  • The person has no previous charges for DUI or FTA (Failure to appear in court)
  • Approval of a supervisor or shift commander

Booking photograph for Bernard Hayward Pierce

A Goucher College student has died of injuries sustained yesterday when he was struck by a vehicle as he was crossing Dulaney Valley Road.

Mathew Gabriel, 19, of Austin, Texas, was crossing Dulaney Valley Road at Southerly Road at 1:44 a.m. when he was struck by a 2013 Mazda 3 traveling northbound in the right turn lane of Dulaney Valley Road. Gabriel was crossing west to east and was not in a crosswalk when he was struck.

The operator of the Mazda, Kayla Wiseman, 23, of the unit block of Transverse Avenue, 21220, did not remain at the scene and was later located and charged on citations with hit-and-run and driving under the influence.

The victim was transported to the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Unit, where he died this morning.

 Kayla Wiseman booking photo

Revised September 27, 2016