Officer to undergo training after unintentionally shooting inside police station

An officer who accidentally discharged his firearm in a police station has been removed from his firearms unit.

Feb 13, 2018

An officer who accidentally discharged his firearm in a police station has been removed from his firearms unit. The incident occurred in the armoury area of Fettes police station in Edinburgh. A review by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) found there was no damage and no risk to anyone. On January 28, the officer unintentionally discharged his Heckler and Koch G35 rifle as it was being unloaded. The PIRC said the officer correctly pointed the gun into a weapon clearing tube to ensure that no risk would occur if the weapon was to be fired unintentionally. The officer has been instructed to undergo training before being allowed back on frontline duties. A PIRC spokesperson said: “All incidents of Police Scotland`s use of firearms, including where an unintentional discharge of a firearm occurs, must be notified to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner. “After reviewing this incident it was decided that an investigation was not required as no injury or damage occurred and there was no risk identified to any person.” A Police Scotland spokesperson added: “Following an accidental discharge of a firearm within the armoury area of Fettes Police Station on January 28, a referral was made to PIRC. “No one was injured during this incident. “It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

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