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N. Ogden police chief recovering from accidental self-inflicted gunshot

Published June 7, 2013 12:36 pm

Training accident • Cross-draw drill goes wrong, chief shoots self in arm.
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North Ogden Police Chief Kevin Warren was recovering at home Friday, the day after he accidentally shot himself in the arm during a training exercise.

Det. Paul Rhoades said the chief was at the department's shooting range Thursday and being supervised by two certified firearms instructors at the time of the incident.

"He was doing some drills required of him that involved reaching across his body to get his gun. Somehow, his finger hit the trigger," Rhoades said.

Warren's .40-caliber service pistol discharged, wounding his right forearm. The chief was taken to Ogden Regional Medical Center, treated and released. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Rhoades said the shooting underscored instant risk of injury anyone — experienced or a novice — is faced with when handling a firearm.

"You know, if you drive a car for 30 years there's a good chance you will get in an accident. Same here; this can happen to the best of them," Rhoades said.

Warren, with 33 years of law enforcement experience, was appointed chief in April, replacing retiring Chief Polo Afuvai. Warren had been assistant chief for 12 years prior to his promotion.

Along with an internal departmental review, the Weber County Attorney's Office will conduct an independent investigation into the incident.

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