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.