Officer teaching safety class accidentally shoots student after firing real gun

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    A sheriff's deputy accidentally shot a student while he was teaching a law enforcement class.

    Vermillion County Sheriff Deputy Tim DisPennett mistakenly pulled out a real gun instead of a fake one during a "bad guy drill" he was delivering to pupils at South Vermillion County High School in the US town of Clinton, reports The Mirror.

    He then shot a male student, who was rushed to hospital.

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    Fortunately, following the 9.30am incident, his injuries were non-life-threatening from what represented a second police training shooting in the US since October.

    Superintendent Dave Chapman said in a statement: "The incident was in the law enforcement classroom where the instructor was going over drills with the students when he accidentally drew his firearm instead of his training weapon and discharged it toward a student. The instructor immediately began first aid.

    "Within minutes, emergency personnel and law enforcement arrived on the scene and began assisting the injured student and eventually transported him to a hospital in Terre Haute. It needs to be clear that this was an accidental shooting and that at no time were the students and staff at the high school in any danger or threat."

    Staff and students were told to stay inside the school until 11.45am as police helped address the boy's injuries.

    Deputy DisPennett, who has been part of the team for more than 19 years, has been placed on administrative leave following the incident.

    As the school was placed in lockdown police interviewed students and staff, while parents were unable to pick up their children.

    When they turned up to the school, they were told the students couldn't go home until police finished interviewing them.

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    The incident comes after a Customs and Border Protection officer was shot twice during a weapons demonstration in Florida on October 20.

    The unnamed officer was working as an instructor at Trails Glades Shooting Range when he was shot in the chest.

    He was then rushed to Rydra Trauma hospital at 10.30am in a life-threatening condition and tragically died just hours later.

    The officer was taking part in a "building search training" session with another instructor when he was accidentally shot in the chest.

    According to police, the officer was shot in the chest twice during the demonstration.


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