City sheriff's deputy injured when own weapon discharged

March 01, 2013|By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun

A Baltimore City Sheriff's Office deputy suffered a gunshot wound after unintentionally firing the deputy's own firearm in a non-public area of the Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center on Friday morning, Sheriff's Office officials said.

Maj. Sam Cogen of the Sheriff's Office said that at approximately 8:02 a.m., a deputy unintentionally discharged one round from the service weapon while preparing for a duty shift and was struck in the left hip area.

First aid was administered at the scene, and the deputy was transported to Maryland Shock Trauma with non-life-threatening injuries, Cogen said. He added the deputy, whose name has not been released pending notifications, is in stable condition and remained conscious and alert during the incident.

The Sheriff's Office and the Baltimore City Police Department will investigate the incident. The unit to which the deputy is assigned provides security services to the Juvenile Court of the Justice Center on North Gay Street, Cogen said.

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