Police officer seriously injured in shooting accident at Queensland shooting range
- Police officer injured in firearms training accident
- There was a piece of shrapnel lodged in his neck
- Support provided to the agents involved
A senior police officer is recovering at home after being struck by metal shrapnel in a freak accident while supervising a training exercise.
The Queensland Senior Constable, aged in his 30s, was leading a routine rifle shooting training session at the City of Brisbane Pistol Club in Belmont on Wednesday afternoon when things went horribly wrong.
It is understood a colleague fired a rifle at a metal pole, which shattered, causing a piece of metal to bounce off and hit the Moreton District Senior Constable in the neck.
A gruesome photo obtained by the Courier Mail following the crash shows the shell fragment still embedded in the officer’s neck after he was taken to hospital.
A senior constable was rushed to hospital after shrapnel lodged in his neck.
The officer was supervising his colleagues during a firearms training exercise at the City of Brisbane Pistol Club (pictured)
“Another officer shooting at close range hit a metal bar on the target, causing a small piece of metal to ricochet and hit the coach in the right side of the neck,” a police statement said.
“Support is being provided to all officers involved in the incident.”
Another photo from the distressing scene shows the damaged pole with pieces of metal missing.
The injured constable was treated at the scene by paramedics and transported to Princess Alexandria Hospital in stable condition.
He has since been released from hospital.
The shooting range to the east of the city describes itself online as Brisbane’s best pistol shooting venue.
A routine training exercise went horribly wrong after shrapnel from a metal pole (pictured) found itself embedded in an officer’s neck.