Police academy student accidentally shoots himself

Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks police academy student accidentally shot himself in the right leg during firearms training Wednesday.

Kelly Shover was putting his handgun in its holster when it fired a .40 caliber round into his calf. The accident occurred at the firing range near the Fairbanks International Airport.

John Myers, who heads the law enforcement academy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Tanana Valley Campus, told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner the gun will be checked for mechanical malfunction.

Shover was taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

Myers said airport police are also looking into the incident.

Shover is one of 23 students in a class scheduled to graduate Nov. 8. The students are in their fourth week of instruction.

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