Thursday, February 7, 2013

Deputy US Marshall Shoots Himself by Accident on the Gun Range

The Tampa Bay Times reports

A deputy U.S. marshal suffered "minimal injuries" to the upper leg when the officer's gun accidentally went off during training at the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office shooting range Wednesday morning, according to U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Ron Lindbak. 

Members of the Marshal's Service, which tracks down fugitives and provides security for federal judges, were at the range at 11700 34th St. N in St. Petersburg to conduct shooting exercises, according to a sheriff's news release. Then a gun went off, causing what the sheriff's office described as a "self-inflicted gunshot wound to the upper leg."

Lindbak said the wounded marshal was taken to a local hospital for treatment, but he did not know which hospital.

Neither agency would identify the marshal.

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