08/05/2008

Accidental courthouse shooting injures 2 officers

The Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas — Authorities say a gun accidentally fired in a Texas courthouse and injured two federal agents when a bullet ricocheted.

Border Patrol spokesman Doug Mosier says injuries to a Border Patrol agent and the deputy U.S. marshal were not life-threatening.

U.S. Marshal's Service spokesman Jerry Payan says the gun went off in a secured hallway on the courthouse's third floor. He declined to discuss details of how the shooting happened or whose gun was involved.

Mosier says it does not appear that the weapon belonged to the Border Patrol agent. He said the officers were injured by a "ricocheting round."

Both agents were transported to an El Paso hospital. Their names were not immediately released.

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