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Trainee shot in head during training released from hospital

Though it will be a long recovery, doctors are surprised by his rapid progress

By PoliceOne Staff

BALTIMORE — A University of Maryland police trainee shot in the head during a training accident has been released from the hospital just 10 days after the incident occurred.

Police have not identified the trainee, but have stated that he is in his 40s, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Police said a training instructor mistook his service weapon for a paint-cartridge pistol and critically injured the college officer. Sources say it is believed to be William Scott Kern who fired the shot. 

He remains suspended, along with five other instructors,  while the Maryland State Police conduct an investigation that will be forwarded to Baltimore County's state's attorney for possible criminal charges, according to the article.

The incident has led to leadership changes within the department. Police said top training officials were unaware that the training exercise was being conducted, and permission had not been granted to use that facility.

Training was halted for a week, but resumed Monday under a different instructor.

Doctors said the trainee was recovering better than expected, but that it would still be a long road. 

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