Monday, August 16, 2010

Police officer shot during training exercise

A police officer has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after he was accidentally shot during a training exercise in Etobicoke.
The incident took place at the Toronto Police College at 70 Birmingham St., east of Islington Ave.
EMS officials confirmed the officer, who had at least one gunshot wound to the leg, had been taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries just before 3 p.m.
“It was definitely an accidental shooting,” said police spokesman Const. Tony Vella. “It’s still unclear whether it was self-inflicted or not, but he is going to survive.”
Vella said the 33-year-old officer has been with the service for a while and is “definitely not a new recruit.” He could not say whether the wounded officer was a trainer or a trainee.
“Training is continuous,” Vella said, adding that police officers renew their firearms training every year.
“It’s a rare occasion and it’s certainly unfortunate,” he said.

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