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Baltimore police trainee injured by bullet fragment

A Baltimore police trainee was hospitalized Tuesday after being struck in the thigh by a bullet’s metal fragment during firearms training, officers say.

Spokesman Sgt. Eric Kowalczyk said the trainee was undergoing routine firearms training about 10:50 a.m. at the U.S. Army National Guard Base in Glen Arm.

Kowalczyk says a bullet ricocheted off of one of the metal target holders, broke into fragments, and hit the trainee in the upper thigh. The trainee was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The spokesman says all appropriate safety measures were in place, including protective gear.

“While not common this type of incident does occur during firearms training and at this time is being investigated as an accident,” Kowalczyk said in a statement.

In February, a trainee for the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus police was shot in the head at a different firearms training center.

Raymond Gray lost an eye in the incident at a firearms training center on the grounds of the former Rosewood Center. City police were administering the training at the center, a now-shuttered state hospital for the mentally disabled in the Baltimore suburb of Owings Mills.

The officer who allegedly shot Gray, William S. Kern, has been charged criminally.

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