UCPD Officer Shoots Self in Leg

The accidental shooting happened when the officer was dressing for duty.

A University of California at Berkeley police officer is being treated at a hospital this morning after accidentally shooting himself in the leg while dressing for duty, a UC Berkeley police lieutenant said.

The veteran officer of about 20 years was getting dressed at about 8 a.m. when his weapon discharged and the bullet struck him in the leg, Lt. Eric Tejada said.

A few other officers were in the dressing room at the time but no one else was injured, Tejada said.

The officer, whose name has not been released, was transported to Highland Hospital in Oakland, Tejada said. His injury is not considered life-threatening.

Tejada said there will be a full investigation, but that at this time it looks like there may have been a problem with either the officer's holster or his gun.

He said that typically when a weapon is discharged, the officer is placed on administrative leave for four days. But because the officer is at the hospital and unable to work, he has not yet been placed on leave, he said.


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