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Massachusetts Officer Wounded in Firearms Training Incident

April 15, 2016  | 

Federal officials are investigating a non-fatal shooting involving police instructors that took place at a training range at the U.S. Army Reserve installation at Fort Devens in Massachusetts on Wednesday.

An instructor from the Randolph municipal police training academy was shot at 10:05 a.m. during training, U.S. Army spokesman John Harlow told the Lowell Sun.

The shooting was non-fatal and involved police instructors, according to state police spokesman Dave Procopio.

Federal authorities will lead the investigation because the range is a federal Department of Defense facility, he said. State police detectives from the Worcester County District Attorney's office will assist.


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Robert @ 4/15/2016 1:26 PM

So, is this a rash lately...or just business as usual, but now they are making the news?
This board won't like this...but here are my thoughts (from hundreds of matches/ROing COFs).
1. LEO, on average shoot/score at about the 60% level...or the average LEO shoots better than 59 people at a match; but not as good as 40 people.
One exception...few LEOs are in the top 5% of shooters at matches...not because they are bad; but because these guys shoot guns 8-10 hours a day (while everyone else has a day job..Rob Leatham, Brian Enos, etc).
2. LEO are usually not as good at firearms safety (I would say 30-40th percentile), especially where cold range rules. As a percentage, I see more LEO DQa for finger and 180 rule violations.
3. LEO are very good (70% percentile) at SHOOTING form and technique (this includes clearing malfunctions). This does not really go with #2 above??...but it has been my observation. I rarely see a LEO off balance, out of control or unable to clear a jam.

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