Archive for Monday, March 19, 2018

Lawrence police officer shot in leg during training exercise; in stable condition at hospital

March 19, 2018, 3:30 p.m. Updated March 19, 2018, 5:17 p.m.

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A Lawrence police officer sustained a gunshot wound to the leg Monday afternoon during a training exercise and was taken to the hospital, according to Lawrence police.

The incident occurred about 2:50 p.m. during firearms training at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 2, 768 East 661 Diagonal Road, according to a news release from the Lawrence Police Department.

The officer, who has been with the department for two years, was in stable condition shortly after 5 p.m. Monday, according to police.

Police described the incident as an accident, saying, "Preliminary information indicates the injury occurred when equipment became entangled inside the trigger guard causing the firearm to discharge."

Numerous intersections along U.S. Highway 59 and Iowa Street were closed by police Monday as the officer was rushed northbound toward the hospital. An ambulance did not appear to be involved.

Police released no other information about the incident Monday.

Comments

Daniel Kennamore 2 months ago

Two defenseless legs shot in this state in less than a week! When are the politicians going to wake up and legally require our legs to be armed? It's the only thing that could have stopped this.

Joking aside, it sounds like it wasn't too serious since they didn't even bother with an ambulance. Hoping it's just a flesh wound and speedy recovery...with some extra trigger control classes required.

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