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Ohio Police Cadet Injured in Gun-Training Shooting

April 07, 2016  |

A police cadet in Napoleon, OH, was critically injured after being accidentally shot in the back by one of his classmates on a shooting range, reports the Toledo Blade.

"[The shooter] was very, very, very emotional and upset," Henry County Sheriff Michael Bodenbender said Wednesday. "He was very distraught."

The victim of the shooting, which occurred at a city-owned firing range Tuesday night, is expected to survive, Sheriff Bodenbender said.

The unidentified male victim was in critical condition at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, where he was flown from Henry County Hospital.

"There were at least three firearms instructors there. My understanding is they were on break during the time it happened," Sheriff Bodenbender said. "All the indications we have is that it was an accident. We have not spoken to the victim yet. But the rest of the cadets and instructors that were there, that's the impression that we got — that it was an accident."

The shooter was either cleaning or oiling his gun, said Sheriff Bodenbender, and thought the firearm was empty when it discharged, striking the victim, who was sitting at a picnic table.

The sheriff said he does not expect any charges will be filed. The victim was shot with a 9mm handgun.

Comments (8)

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Jerry @ 4/7/2016 5:57 PM

OMG! The LE Firearms Instructors are FAILING to properly instruct their students!
Finger OFF the trigger; assume ALL firearms are LOADED; keep firearms pointed in a SAFE direction! And cleaning or oiling the firearm away from the SAFETY TABLE???WTF !!!
The shooter was "distraught"... I'll bet the VICTIM is REALLY DISTRSUGHT ! The NEGLIGENT cadet should be washed out. Nobody in their right mind would ever ride along with him/her. And NO CHARGES?!?!? NONE???
All the LEFA Instructors should be disciplined. Their failure to ingrain the basic firearms safety rules are what caused this "ACCIDENT". Shame on them.

kevCopAz @ 4/7/2016 6:07 PM

I agree there was a failure in the training. After the target/shooting training obviously the instructors did not properly over see Cadets unloading weapons before leaving the line. The cadet has to be a complete idiot and I hope will be terminated immediately. My guess is he had a round in the chamber and removed the magazine thinking "duh its unloaded". Fool thats a very basic mistake.

Robert @ 4/7/2016 8:21 PM

Jerry..right on track.
The only thing we don't know is the Safety table rules for that range...but somehow an eating area (picnic table) was down range??
Also, I would assume that the Safety Officer did not visually check that all guns were cleared prior to leaving the range. So the they failed in their job PRIOR to going on break. I would doubt that the shooter reloaded a live range away from the range.

This all assumes that this was not a ricochet

RG @ 4/8/2016 6:49 AM

"Thought the firearm was empty when it discharged". Ill translate to English. Was not cleared of ammunition and properly inspected. Nothing discharged, cadet pulled the trigger. Supervisors are chewing their fingernails off. "All the indications are that it was an accident". Translation, Holy crap, Did that just happen!! We don't want to be responsible for this, but I'm pretty sure our Cadet isn't a murderer. Seriously, I hope the injured cadet comes through OK. The shooting cadet should be dropped

RG @ 4/8/2016 6:52 AM

"Sir, I did not properly clear my weapon sir. The gun did not accidentally discharge sir. I pulled the trigger, that's how guns work sir. I am resigning from the academy sir." Cadet, you are dismissed from the academy. Go sit with your injured victim in the hospital and recovers.

TBOW426 @ 4/8/2016 10:13 AM

More and more cadets have absolutely no familiarity with firearms. Instructors/range officers have to watch them every minute and always assume one them did not properly clear the weapon. Sounds like a Glock. Dropped the mag and forgot to clear the chamber. Pulled the trigger prior to take down for cleaning. Had the weapon been pointed in a safe direction AS IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN when the trigger was cadet injured and one terminated or made to run miles and miles after doing endless burpees.

Bert adkins @ 4/8/2016 12:48 PM

This is very unfortunate, but a learning point for both students and rso,s. Let's all learn from this and remember, if it's predictable, it's preventable, thank you mr.Gorden graham.

Jack @ 4/10/2016 8:31 AM

Bet it was a Glock.

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