The State Police sergeant who was injured today in an accidental discharge of a department firearm remains at UMass Medical Center, where he was treated earlier today.
As previously stated, the sergeant was injured when his department-issued shotgun accidentally discharged while he was transporting it from his old cruiser to his new cruiser. The discharge was buckshot (that is, a type of shotgun shell that breaks apart and releases pellet projectiles). Several projectiles struck one of the officer’s legs. The injuries are non-life threatening.
The investigation into the exact facts and circumstances of the discharge, and compliance with department weapons policy, is ongoing.
The sergeant is 51 years old, has been on the force since 1987, and is currently assigned to Troop H Headquarters in South Boston. His name is not being released at this time.
Colonel Richard McKeon and the Department are thankful that the sergeant’s injuries were not more serious.
(Barring any significant development, this will be the last update of the day.)
UPDATE 1 POSTED AT 1:28 p.m. TUESDAY, SEPT. 15
The trooper, a male veteran of the department who holds the rank of Sergeant, is currently being treated at UMass Medical Center in Worcester for gunshot injuries to one leg. The injuries are not life-threatening.
Preliminary investigation indicates that the incident was an accidental discharge of a department weapon, with no one other than the injured sergeant involved. Preliminary investigation further indicates that the sergeant, who had reported to the facility to be issued a new cruiser, was transporting a department-issued shotgun from his old cruiser when the weapon accidentally discharged, striking him in the leg.
The sergeant’s name is not being released at this time. No further information is being released at this time.
The State Police Emergency Vehicle Operations Center is located in the town of Ayer on the former Moore Army Airfield.
INITIAL RELEASE POSTED AT 11:53 a.m. TUESDAY, SEPT. 15
A short time ago a Massachusetts State Trooper suffered injuries as the result of an apparent accidental weapon discharge. The incident occurred at the department’s Emergency Vehicle Operations Center in Ayer. The trooper is being transported by medical helicopter to UMass Medical Center in Worcester. Numerous State Police units are responding to begin an investigation into the incident.
No further information is being released at this time. The State Police Media Relations Office will update the media when more information can be released.