Officer shoots himself in the leg
GYMPIE Police Detective Senior Constable Gavin Cummings was treated for a gun shot wound to the leg yesterday after his firearm accidentally discharged at a shooting range.
The 42-year-old had been participating in a firearms retraining exercise with a group of officers and two training officers when it happened about 10.30am.
It was believed the officer was re-holstering his 10mm service revolver when the gun went off and the bullet pierced his upper right thigh and passed through his leg just under the skin before exiting.
Acting Gympie District Operations Inspector Phil Edwards said it was still unclear how the incident occurred as Snr Const Cummings was an officer with a considerable amount of experience.
“He doesn’t really know himself (how it happened),” he said and added that there would be a full investigation into “how and why” the gun discharged.
Snr Const Cummings was taken to Gympie Hospital in a lot of pain, however the bullet wound was not life threatening and he was discharged yesterday afternoon.
Eight officers had been participating in the retraining exercise at Gympie Smallbore Rifle Club off Banks Pocket Road yesterday morning but Snr Const Cummings was the only person on the range at the time of the incident. He was being overviewed by two training officers when the incident occurred.
Insp Edwards said Snr Const Cummings was well-known and well-liked among his colleagues and the community of Gympie and he was expecting to cop a lot of ribbing about the accident.
But the Gympie police fraternity were relieved to be able to joke about the incident and commented that their colleague was a very lucky man.
“He seems quite well considering and is expected to make a full recovery,” Insp Edwards said.
Another policeman accidentally shot himself in the face in north Queensland on December 4. A senior constable suffered superficial wounds after he accidentally discharged his weapon at the Bowen police station and the bullet ricocheted and hit him in the face.