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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.

Booking photo of Franklin Rider, 19, arrested for assaulting a police officer.A police officer from Precinct 1/Wilkens was injured yesterday when he was assaulted by an armed suspect in the 1900 block of Halethorpe Ave., 21227.

The officer was transported to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center with injuries sustained when the suspect -- Franklin A. Rider, 19, of the 1900 block of Halethorpe Ave.,  punched him repeatedly in the face with a closed fist.

Rider is charged with first degree assault, assault on a police officer and other offenses. He is held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $50,000 bail.

Police were called to the Halethorpe Avenue location at about 6:30 p.m. for a call of a disturbance. Rider's mother told police that her son was "destroying the house." The suspect, Rider, fled when police called out to him, and when officers caught up with him outside the home they saw what appeared to be a handgun in one of his hands and a knife in the other. The suspect dropped the weapons when ordered by police and immediately began physically to assault one of the officers. The officer used pepper spray to subdue the suspect so he could be placed under arrest.

The weapons -- initially believed to be a knife and a small handgun -- were a pair of scissors and a lighter shaped like a handgun. The investigation found that the suspect was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

The injured officer is a 3 1/2 year-veteran of BCoPD, Officer First Class J. Myers. He has been released from the hospital and continues to recuperate.

The suspect in this afternoon's barricade and police-involved shooting in Harford County is a Baltimore County Police officer.

Officer First Class James L. Ward is a 19-year veteran of BCoPD currently assigned to the White Marsh precinct. He was off duty when the Harford County incident occurred. Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson said Ward will be suspended without pay as soon as felony charges are filed by Harford County.

“I am shocked and saddened at the actions of one of our officers this afternoon," Johnson said. "I am thankful that none of the first responders and police personnel who handled this call were physically injured. We hope that the Baltimore County officer involved in this incident receives the medical help he apparently needs so desperately.”

There are no open Internal Affairs investigations involving Officer Ward.

 
 

Revised June 28, 2016