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Officer wounded in accidental shooting at Kingston gun range saved by peer

Union Leader Correspondent

September 12. 2018 4:12PM
Local and state authorities responded to a report of a gunshot wound at the Kingston Police Department shooting range Wednesday afternoon. (JASON SCHREIBER/CORRESPONDENT)

KINGSTON — A fellow officer took life-saving steps to help a Kingston police officer who suffered a serious gunshot wound to his right leg while training at the police department’s firing range off Dorre Road Wednesday afternoon.

Police Chief Donald Briggs Jr. said the officer was transported by ambulance to Exeter Hospital to be treated for a wound to his upper thigh.

“We’re certainly happy that the officer was not more seriously injured and hopefully will be returning to work soon.

Police and local rescue personnel responded to the range about 12:40 p.m. after receiving a call about an officer with a gunshot wound.

State police described the shooting as “an accidental discharge.”

“As one of the officers was drawing his sidearm from the holster, a round was discharged and the round entered the officer’s leg,” state police said in a news release Wednesday evening.

Briggs said the Kingston officer was training with an officer from another agency when the accident happened.

State police are assisting Kingston police with the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Briggs said the other officer’s immediate assistance may have averted a tragedy.

“He took quick action to save the life of the Kingston officer by placing a tourniquet and direct pressure and packing the wound with gauze to stop the arterial bleeding,” the chief said.

Names of the officers involved have yet to be released.

Briggs said this is the first time that a Kingston officer has suffered an accidental gunshot wound in his 41 years with the department.

The range is used a few times a month, Briggs said, and officers generally do not train by themselves.

“We encourage the officers to shoot on a regular basis to keep them perfect with their firearms and to practice officer safety,” Briggs said.

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