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A Baltimore County officer accidentally shot himself at county range, police say

A Baltimore County officer accidentally shot himself Tuesday morning at the county police range, police said.

The officer prematurely pulled the trigger during a routine firearms drill at the range on Dulaney Valley Road, according to the department. He suffered minor injuries and was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he was in good condition, police said.

The officer, an 18-year-veteran of the department, had pulled his gun from his holster and was preparing to shoot a target in the outdoor section of the range when he shot himself at about 9 a.m., police said.

"The gun was still pointed downward when the trigger was pulled, and the round grazed the officer before hitting the ground," police said in a news release.

A department spokeswoman said the agency could not say where he was shot because of laws prohibiting the release of specific medical information.

For training, the department uses ammunition that disintegrates upon impact, police said. The range was shut down immediately after the shooting and has since been reopened, according to police.

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