Deputy Accidentally Shoots Fellow Cop During Camping Trip
An L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy accidentally shot a fellow deputy in the leg while the two were camping in Kern County over the weekend.The two deputies from the Department's Palmdale Station were camping in a remote area of Kern County, SCV News reports. One deputy accidentally discharged his gun, shooting the other in the leg on Sunday morning. The deputy who was injured was taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The gun was the deputy's personal weapon, not his service weapon.
Neither of the deputies' identities have been revealed, and there is no information available as to any disciplinary action. The Kern County Sheriff's Office and the L.A. County Sheriff's internal affairs and homicide bureaus will be investigating the shooting.
The L.A. Times notes that there is an ongoing investigation regarding accidental shootings involving the department's new service weapon, as the number of accidental firings has increased by over 50 percent in just the last two years.