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Md. Recruit Wounded In Training Sues

June 17, 2013  | 

Screenshot via WBAL.
Screenshot via WBAL.
The University of Maryland Police recruit who was shot in the head during a training exercise has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit naming the city, county and individual officers involved in the unauthorized training.

Officer Raymond Gray claims he and other officers were directed to go behind a window inside a closed psychiatric facility where instructor William Scott Kern "intentionally and negligently" fired his weapon at the trainees. Gray was struck in the head and is continuing his rehabilitation after losing an eye.

Kern faces an August trial after he was charged with second-degree assault and reckless endangerment in March.

The lawsuit also names Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts and Officer Efren Edwards, a member of Batts' executive protection team who was a training instructor on site at the time of the shooting. Maj. Eric Russell, the head of the training academy at the time, is also named.

Tags: Campus Police, Baltimore PD, Training Accidents, Reality-Based Training, Cops Suing Agencies, Accidental Shootings


Comments (5)

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Lt Saul @ 6/17/2013 12:32 PM

Who was the moron that let this happen?

Sky @ 6/17/2013 2:16 PM

Unfortunately comments from LEO's will not correct the terrible thing that happenned to Ofcr Gray. His LEO career may or maybe not be over. There have been other LEO's who sustained similar injury and were able to return to duty and function as well as any other Ofcr w/o such an injury. The one responsible if the facts are correct is lucky if he still has a job (wouldn't ride the river with him). I hope the one responsible doesn't claim to now suffer from stress and medically retire. The one who deserves all the best wishes is the victim Ofcr Gray. I hope Ofcr Gray obtains all that he deserves in compensation for all the injury and trauma he sustained as a result of the incident.

Gump Master @ 6/17/2013 6:35 PM

I was denied water for 3 weeks during P.T. at the academy. T.O. requirements apparently do not include common sense.

Duke Holtzman @ 6/18/2013 7:45 AM

I am a 25 yr.(retired) detective from Balto. City P.D. retired in 1988. I NEVER SAW OR HEARD of such STUPIDITY by a Training Officer, or other officer, in the BPD!!! I hate to think of the things that have gone on before this, after 1988, that are UNKNOWN!! Good luck to the Md. Officer in his future!

Capt. Crunch @ 6/18/2013 10:26 AM

God bless you Ofcr. Gray, I hope all goes well with you.

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