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LAPD officer suffers self-inflicted wound at firing range

May 31, 2011 |  1:01 pm

A Los Angeles Police Department officer was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the thigh Tuesday after he fell at a San Fernando Valley firing range and accidentally shot himself.

The shooting took place around 10 a.m. at the Angeles Range during what was described as a routine training exercise, according to officials familiar with the incident.

The officer, who was not immediately identified, was transported to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Assigned to the West Valley Division, the officer was "performing a tactical movement" during the training exercise when he tripped and fell. Somehow his gun went off and a bullet hit him in the thigh, officials said. 

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