Va. Beach officer accidentally shot by fellow officer

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Virginia Beach Police have launched an internal investigation after a gun was accidentally fired during a training exercise in North Carolina.

Police confirm it happened Wednesday night at the Academi Training Center in Moyock, North Carolina. You may know that facility by its former name, Blackwater.

The Camden County Sheriff’s Office says the incident occurred after training was completed Wednesday afternoon, when officers were cleaning their weapons. The Sheriff’s Office says Capt. Michael Ronan’s weapon accidentally discharged, which resulted in one officer being struck in the arm.

The injured officer, identified by the Sheriff’s Office as Lt. Johnny Gandy, was treated at a local hospital, released and is recovering from home. Since the incident is considered an accidental discharge, police say that no one has been placed on administrative leave.

An internal investigation will be conducted, which will entail a review of safety and training protocols. The Sheriff’s Office has also launched an investigation, since that is where the Academi shooting range is located. No criminal charges are expected.

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