Baltimore officer indicted in shooting of recruit

A Baltimore police officer has been charged in the accidental shooting of a police trainee last month.

A Baltimore County grand jury on Wednesday indicted William S. Kern on charges of second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

Kern has been with the department for 18 years and was a training academy instructor at the time of the Feb. 12 shooting at the Rosewood Center in Owings Mills.

The recruit for the University of Maryland, Baltimore police department was critically wounded. Baltimore police officials have said they weren’t aware of the training exercise and temporarily suspended its training academy.

Maryland State police say Kern turned himself in Wednesday.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Kern has a lawyer.

Police Commissioner Anthony Batts says the department is continuing to cooperate.

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