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  • Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette Fort Wayne police and fire crews respond to an accidental shooting at the Public Safety Academy Tuesday afternoon.  

Tuesday, March 05, 2019 6:30 pm

2 officers accidentally shot at safety academy

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

A veteran Fort Wayne police officer accidentally shot himself and another officer Tuesday during a training exercise, police said.

The officers were in the shooting room at the Public Safety Academy near Tillman Road and Lafayette Street around 4 p.m. when the shooting occurred, said Mark Bieker, city police public information officer.

The same bullet struck both officers, Bieker said. Neither officer was identified by police Tuesday night.

The injured officers were transported to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries, Bieker said.

Bieker would not say how many officers were in the shooting room at the time of the incident, but said no recruits were there. Both officers who were shot were veteran officers, he said.

The police department's Internal Affairs Division and shooting team were at the Public Safety Academy investigating the shooting Tuesday night, Bieker said.