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Baltimore police trainee injured in firearms training

A Baltimore police trainee was injured Tuesday morning when a fragmented bullet struck his thigh during target-shooting practice.

The incident occurred about 10:50 a.m. during a training exercise at a facility on the Maryland Army National Guard base in Glen Arm, Baltimore County, city police said.

A bullet ricocheted off a metal target holder, causing the bullet to fragment, and a piece then hit the trainee in the upper thigh, according to police spokesman Sgt. Eric Kowalczyk. The trainee was seven yards from the target stand, he said.

The trainee was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and released later Tuesday, he said. The incident is being investigated as an accident. Kowalczyk said trainees were wearing protective gear and that there was one instructor for every three students, a level he said exceeds state-required minimum levels.

In February, a city police recruit was critically injured during an unauthorized training exercise at the closed Rosewood Center in Owings Mills. The officer later filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the city and the county.

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