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Police resume some training at academy

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The Baltimore City Police Department will resume some training at its academy early this week after all operations there were halted in the wake of an instructor shooting and critically wounding a recruit on Tuesday.

Police plan to resume classroom and physical training, but delay firearms training to a later point in the curriculum as the investigation into the shooting continues, said spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

"We just want to make sure we don't fall behind in training officers," he said.

Currently, three classes of recruits are at various points in what is a six-month training program, Guglielmi said.

State investigators are continuing their probe of the shooting which occurred at the Rosewood Center, a former psychiatric facility in Owings Mills.

Sources have told The Baltimore Sun that the city police instructor, William Scott Kern, may have accidentally shot the trainee when he playfully pointed a weapon at recruits who were peering through a window from another room. The wounded man has not been publically identified, but he is a University of Maryland campus police officer training with the city department.

After the incident, Police Commisioner Anthony W. Batts shut down police training operations and suspended six officers in the academy's chain of command.

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