A Gaston County Sheriff’s Office deputy was accidentally shot Friday afternoon during a basic law enforcement training at a Gastonia shooting range.
The deputy, who is also enrolled at Gaston College, was cleaning his weapon when another student’s gun discharged and struck him in the hip, authorities said.
The student was having trouble with his handgun and had sought an instructor’s help when the shot was accidentally fired, according to a news release from Gastonia police.
Emergency crews arrived on the scene around 4:15 p.m. and took the injured deputy to Gaston Memorial Hospital. He underwent surgery and was in good condition by 8 p.m., Sheriff Alan Cloninger said.
Authorities weren’t releasing the names of anyone involved in the incident. They said it would be up to Gaston College to decide whether to release their identities.
College officials were not immediately available Friday.
Neither the sheriff nor Gastonia police Capt. Steve Duncan knew the deputy’s exact age but Duncan said he was about 40.
Cloninger said the man was recently promoted to deputy after serving as a detention officer in the Gaston County Jail.
All law enforcement officers are required to go through basic training before they can serve as sworn officers, Cloninger said.
More than 20 students were in the class and had been at the city-maintained range all week, which is located off Tulip Drive and the facility used by Gastonia police for training.
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