Huntington Beach SWAT officer recovering from accidental shooting
The officer underwent emergency surgery after he was shot in the leg with a ricochet bullet about 10 p.m. Wednesday, said Capt. Russell Reinhart of the Huntington Beach Police Department. The men, who gathered at the station for a briefing after an all-day training session, were cleaning their weapons when one of the guns accidentally went off.
Paramedics transported the injured officer — whose name, age and rank have not been released — to UC Irvine Medical Center, where he was "recuperating with his family and friends at his side," Reinhart said. The officer is expected to make a full recovery.
The Orange County Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident, Lt. Mike Freeman said, which is standard protocol "anytime someone is injured by a firearm involving a police officer."
The name of the officer whose gun discharged has not been released.
— Kate Mather
Photo: Huntington Beach Police Capt. Russell Reinhart makes a brief statement outside police headquarters the morning after a Huntington Beach SWAT officer accidentally shot a fellow officer in the leg while cleaning his weapon. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times