Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Deputy Shoots Himself at Firearms Exercise

A Wood County sheriff's deputy who is a firearms instructor accidentally shot himself in the leg during a live firearms exercise at a police firing range.

The Wood County Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident, which occurred Tuesday night at the firing range near the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport.

Deputy Jeff Hamric was returning his gun to its holster after firing it when the weapon discharged, Sheriff Ken Merritt said.

"It discharged, the bullet went through the bottom of his calf, bounced off the bone and lodged in his ankle," Merritt said.

Merritt said it was not clear whether proper steps had been taken to secure the weapon.

Hamric remained hospitalized Wednesday at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital in Parkersburg.



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